The National Protected Areas Secretariat is under the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development. Since the Fisheries Department is one of the legislative authorities to manage marine protected areas, mainly those of marine reserve designation, it forms part of the NPAS as a member of its Board and Technical Advisory Committee. The work of the NPAS is to guide the implementation process of the National Protected Areas System Plan which has the following objectives:

  1. Consolidating the administrative structure that maintains coordinated action in the implementation of the system plan;
  2. Creating a functional protected areas system by securing environmental, social and economic benefits and creating a solid foundation for further development as a comprehensive system.
  3. Ensuring a comprehensive National Protected Areas System by incorporating areas required to obtain a fully comprehensive national system.
  4. Consolidating and simplifying the protected area system by amalgamating adjacent sites into single multi-zoned management units, allowing a more coherent approach at a landscape and seascape

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