This Law regulates the use, management and protection of natural resources in the interest of ecological safety and economic development. It is composed of ten chapters and four annexes. After defining and classifying natural resources (renewable, non-renewable, national, local, reserved and protected, curative, i.e. used for prevention and treatment of illnesses) (chaps. 1 and 2). The Law determines the rights of ownership of natural resources, which can be public or private, specifying that the rights to particular resources are determined in accordance with the legislation in force (chap. 3). Chapter 4 provides for the basic principles and organizational structure for the management of natural resources, including State cadastres, provisions for standards and licences for the exploitation of natural resources, economic and financial measures. Chapter 5 relates to investment policy in the sector, although specific regulation is done by other laws in force. Other provisions relate to fees/charges for the use of natural resources (chap. 6); Administrative competencies (chap. 7) and concluding provisions. Annexes: (I) List of renewable and non-renewable resources; (II) List of national and local natural resources; (III) List of curative natural resources (e.g. thermal mud); (IV) List of transboundary natural resources.
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