NATIONAL HERITAGE WILDERNESS AREAS ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Declaration of National Heritage Wilderness Areas.

3. Restriction of entry into National Heritage Wilderness Areas.

4. Acts prohibited in National Heritage Wilderness Areas.

5. Regulations.

6. Nothing in this Act to effect the exercise, discharge or performance of any power, function or duty of a member of the Armed Forces and the Police Force.

7. The Conservator of Forests to be the Competent Authority.

8. Duty of the Competent Authority.

9. Power of Minister to give directions to the Competent Authority.

10. Coordinated management plan.

11. This Act to prevail over written law.

12. Offences and penalties.

13. Interpretation.

3 of 1988.

AN ACT to make provision for the declaration of National Heritage Wilderness Areas for the protection and preservation of such areas; and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 4th March, 1988]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the National Heritage Wilderness Areas Act.

2. Declaration of National Heritage Wilderness Areas.

(1) For the purpose of preserving in their natural state, unique ecosystems, genetic resources, or physical and biological formations and precisely delineated areas which constitute the habitat of threatened species of animals and plants of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation; for enhancing the natural beauty of the wilderness of Sri Lanka and for promoting the scientific study and enjoyment thereof by the public, the Minister may, after consultation with—

(a) the Minister in charge of the subject of Environment;

(b) the Minister in charge of the subject of Wild Life Conservation;

(c) the Minister in charge of the subject of Fisheries;

(d) the Minister in charge of the subject of Agriculture;

(e) the Minister in charge of the subject of Cultural Affairs; and

(f) the Minister in charge of the subject of Indigenous Medicine, by Order published in the Gazette, declare any area of State land which in his opinion has unique eco-systems. genetic resources or any outstanding natural features, to be a National Heritage Wilderness Area.

(2) No Order made under subsection (1) shall have effect until it is approved by the President and confirmed by Parliament and notification of such approval and confirmation is published in the Gazette.

(3) Every area to be declared as a National Heritage Wilderness Area shall be identified and mapped out by the Surveyor-General and any Order made under subsection (1) shall refer to the map prepared by the Surveyor-General in respect of the area to which such Order refers.

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