Heritage Places Protection Act
Under the Heritage Places Protection Act and by ministerial order, the Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture (“the Minister”) can create a Heritage Place. A Heritage Place houses a “Heritage Resource”, which is defined as “any work of nature or of man that is primarily of value for its palaeontological, archaeological, prehistoric, historic, cultural, natural, scientific or aesthetic interest.”
Once a Heritage Place is protected, it cannot be altered without the Minister’s permission.
The Minister is responsible for managing Heritage Places and must create a Heritage Places Advisory Board to provide advice regarding their protection.
The Minister must also create and maintain a registry of Heritage Places. By request or by their own initiative, the Minister can add a Heritage Place to the registry if it meets the necessary criteria. Any interested person or group can submit a Heritage Place application. The application is screened by a heritage officer and, if it meets the criteria, is forwarded to the Advisory Board for review.
The Minister can also temporarily protect a proposed Heritage Place where it is “at risk of imminent irreparable or costly damage to the site’s heritage nature.”
Wildlife Conservation Act
Under the Wildlife Conservation Act and by regulation, Cabinet can create a Wildlife Management Area to support the management and protection of wildlife and habitat.
The Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Action (“the Minister”) is responsible for managing Wildlife Management Areas and can enter into agreements with any person to support the joint protection and management of wildlife and habitat.
The Minister can also create an Advisory Committee to provide advice and make recommendations regarding wildlife and wildlife habitat.