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Create The Area Marina Protected Namuncurá - Burdwood Bank. Objectives.

Original Language Title: Créase el Area Marina Protegida Namuncurá - Banco Burdwood. Objetivos.

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Law 26,875

Create the Marine Protected Namuncure Area-Burdwood Bank. Objectives. Sanctioned: July 3, 2013 Enacted: August 1, 2013

The Senate and Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Nation, meeting in Congress, etc., are sanctioned by law:


Constitution of the Marine Protected Area

ARTICLE 1-Object. Create the Marine Protected Namuncure Area-Burdwood Bank.

ARTICLE 2-Scope of application. The Marine Protected Area will have an external limit of 200 mts. In accordance with the Official Mapping, in the area identified as Burdwood Bank in the area of the Exclusive Economic Zone Argentina, in a whole according to the provisions of Article 56 (1a) and (1b) ii and iii, of the Convention of The United Nations on the Law of the Sea, adopted by law 24,543.

ARTICLE 3-Objectives. The objectives of this law are: (a) to preserve an area of high environmental sensitivity and of importance for the protection and sustainable management of the biodiversity of the marine funds; (b) to promote the sustainable, environmental and economic management of the Benthic marine ecosystems of our platform through a demonstrative area; c) Facilitate scientific research aimed at implementing the ecosystem approach in fisheries and mitigating the effects of global change.

ARTICLE 4 °-Zoning. The Marine Protected Area Namuncura-Burdwood Bank will be composed of three zones: a) "Core Zone" delimited by the coordinates 54th 30 'S, 60º 30' O; 54th 30 'S, 59º 30' O; 54th 15 'S, 60º 30' O, 54th 15 'S, 59º 30' O; b) "Buffer Zone" bounded by the boundary of the Core Zone and the coordinates 54th 00 'S, 59º 00' O; 54th 00 'S, 61st 00' O; 54th 35 'S, 59º 00' W; 54th 35 'S, 61st 00' O, and c) 'Transition Zone' bounded by the external limits of the Damping Zone and the Isogate of the 200 meters of depth defined in the Official Mapping.

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ARTICLE 5-Definitions. For the purposes of this law, it is understood by: "Nucleus Zone": the area that contains a representative portion of the biodiversity of the marine funds of the Burdwood Bank, which for its ecological characteristics and environmental vulnerability requires measures of strict protection. The only activities permitted within the "Core Zone" will be those necessary for their control and oversight. 'buffer zone' means the duly defined space surrounding the core area and where scientific research and natural resource exploration activities that contribute to the knowledge of marine biodiversity can be developed, experiences of sustainable management of its natural resources, restoration of degraded areas and monitoring of the effects of global change on the structure of the marine environment. The activities referred to must be covered by the Management Plan and be authorized by the implementing authority, with the exception of activities governed by Law 24922 (Federal Fisheries Regime). 'Transition Zone' means the external area of the Protected Area where production and extractive activities, as referred to in the management plan, may be developed and which have the authorisation of the implementing authority, with the exception of: activities governed by Law 24922 (Federal Fisheries Regime).



ARTICLE 6-Application Authority. The Executive Branch shall designate the enforcement authority of this law.

ARTICLE 7 °-Board of Directors. Create the Board of Directors of the Marine Protected Area Namuncura-Burdwood Bank.

ARTICLE 8-Conformation of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will be chaired by the implementing authority and will be made up of a representative of the Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Chief Cabinet of Ministers, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Relations and Cult, a representative of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, a representative of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), a representative of the Parks Administration National, decentralised body in the orbit of the Ministry of Tourism, a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food, a representative of the Ministry of Defense, a representative of the Ministry of Security and a representative of the province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica, and Islands of the South Atlantic, in case that I shall accept the invitation to join the Council, in accordance with Article 15 of the present. The Council shall adopt its rules of procedure and shall be assisted by a Technical Secretariat.

ARTICLE 9-Functions of the Board of Directors. The Management Board will serve as an assistant to the enforcement authority: a) Compose, execute and follow up the Protected Marine Area Management Plan; b) Identify sources of funding to ensure the compliance with the objectives of this law; c) Develop technical reports and monitoring of environmental impact assessments of the

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(d) Draft an Annual Report on the progress made in meeting the goals of the Area Management Plan, to be elevated by the implementing authority to the Congress. National.

ARTICLE 10. -Technical Secretariat. The Management Board shall elect among its members the body which shall be responsible for the functions of the Technical Secretariat.


Marine Area Management Plan Protected Namuncure-Burdwood Bank

ARTICLE 11. -Management Plan. It is understood by Plan of Management a set of measures and instruments and sanctions to ensure the fulfillment of the objectives of the Protected Area, such as the physical, biological, geological and oceanographic characterization, and thematic for the research and monitoring.


Infringements and penalties

ARTICLE 12. -Infringements and sanctions. In case of violation of the rules laid down in the Management Plan, the implementing authority shall provide intervention to the competent authorities.



ARTICLE 13. -Financial Resources. The Executive Branch will have the budget items required for the implementation of the planned actions under the Area Management Plan.

ARTICLE 14. -Mapping. The Executive Branch shall draw up the mapping required for the application of this law.

ARTICLE 15. -Invitation. The National Executive Branch will invite the province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands to appoint a representative to be integrated by the Board of Directors set up in Article 7 of this Law.

ARTICLE 16. -Contact the national executive branch.



BELOVED BOUDOU. -JULIAN A. DOMINGUEZ. -Gervasio Bozzano. -Juan H. Estrada.

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Date of publication: 05/08/2013

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