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South Africa: New Proposed Marine Protected Areas: Impact on Offshore Developments

On 17 March the Department of Environmental Affairs Department of Environmental Affairs held a public consultation meeting in Port Elizabeth over 22 proposed new MPAs around the country’s coast. The Department of Environmental Affairs published draft notices and regulations for the new MPAs in early February. Given that under the National Environmental Management Protected Areas Act, mineral exploration and oil and gas production is prohibited in MPAs, these additional MPAs would limit IOC activity in certain areas.

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