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National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Act, No. 14 of 2013*
[...referred to by publishing Gazette GG20130724_36703's header as the "National Environmental Management Laws Act, 2013"]
To amend the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004, so as to amend certain definitions and to define certain words and expressions; to revise the objectives of the Act to emphasize the need to protect the ecosystem as a whole, including species which are not targeted for exploitation; to revise the purpose of Chapter 4 to provide for the regulation of threatened and indigenous species to ensure that the utilisation of these species are done in an ecologically sustainable manner; to effect certain textual amendments to the provisions on protection of species; to address some of the regulatory gaps within the permitting system; to facilitate the implementation of self-administration; to extend the functions of the scientific authority to include assisting with species to which an international agreement regulating international trade applies; to revise the purpose and application of Chapter 6; to insert a provision to allow for the domestic or subsistence use of indigenous biological resources; to repeal the appeal provisions; to provide for circumstances under which a permit application or permit may be deferred, refused, cancelled or suspended; to extend the powers of the Minister to make regulations; to add offences and penalties; and to provide for the Minister to declare amnesty in certain circumstances; National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, 2004, so as to align the penalties with other specific environmental management Acts; National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008, so as to provide for textual amendment to the definition of waste; National Environment Management Laws Amendment Act, 2008, so as to correct an incorrect citation; and National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Amendment Act, 2009, so as to correct an incorrect citation, and to provide for matters connected therewith.
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