These Regulations concern various matters concerning the management and conservation of protected areas including marine areas. Prescribed classes of protected areas are: (a) nature reserves (b) national parks; (c) natural monuments; (d) resource management areas; (e) closed area. Any area within Solomon Islands that is listed under the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage as a world heritage site shall be declared as a protected area under any or more of the classes of protected areas. Matters regulated by these Regulations include: classification of protected areas; management Principles for Protected Areas; procedures for establishment of protected areas; management plans for protected areas; administration; biological prospecting and research and access to Kastomary land; local community involvement; protection of interest of Kastomary owners; special protection measures for marine areas; zoning of protected areas; general prohibitions; enforcement; regulation-making. "Kastomary owner" means an indigenous person or tribe recognised in kastom as having ownership rights or interest in a area declared as a protected area.A management plan shall have as its objective the conservation and management of the biodiversity of the protected area in accordance with the objects of the Act and the purposes or class for which the area is declared. An application for a bioprospecting or bioresearch permit or both activities must be made in Form D of Schedule 2, and be accompanied by the application fee. Special Protection of marine areas may apply to a fresh water lake if part of the lake is declared a protected area. No harvesting of fish or other aquatic resources for commercial or subsistence purposes shall be undertaken in a marine protected area within clearly identified spawning aggregations or during spawning seasons.
Implements: Protected Areas Act 2010 (Act No. 4 of 2010). (2010-04-07)
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