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The Environment Management Act, 2002 Part VII - International Matters

CONTENTS | PART I | PART II | PART III | PART IV | PART V | PART VI | PART VII | PART VIII | PART IX | PART X | PART XI | SCHEDULE 1

PART VII - INTERNATIONAL MATTERS

International Agreements

49. (1) The Government shall exercise and give effect to Swaziland's sovereignty over its natural resources, including its genetic resources, and its powers and rights to manage the living and non-living natural resources within its territories and in areas over which it exercises rights of sovereignty, to the fullest extent permitted under international law.

(2) The Government shall co-operate with other Governments, and with domestic and international organisations in order to protect the regional and global environment.

(3) After signing an international agreement designed to protect the environment the Minister, shall as soon as is practicable:

a. cause the agreement to be ratified;

b. present any necessary bills to Parliament for passage and assent to be made into law; and

c. take appropriate measures to give effect to the agreement, including making regulations.

(4) A court of competent jurisdiction may use any international agreement designed to protect the environment which has been ratified by Swaziland, as an aid to interpreting any domestic legal rule of Swaziland that can reasonably be regarded as being intended to implement the requirements of that agreement.

(5) The Minister, on the advice of the Authority, may make regulations to:

a. implement any international agreement designed to protect the environment that has been ratified by Swaziland; and

b. bring the laws of Swaziland into conformity with laws, standards, guidelines and practices applied internationally or in the region, provided that these regulations do not conflict with the purpose of this Act.

CONTENTS | PART I | PART II | PART III | PART IV | PART V | PART VI | PART VII | PART VIII | PART IX | PART X | PART XI | SCHEDULE 1

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