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Act of Landsting concerning Nature Preservation in Greenland as amended by Act of Landsting of November 9th 1988

§ 1
The aim of this Act is to protect and restore the nature and valuable landscapes of Greenland and to the greatest possible extent provide opportunities for the population to benefit from these.
Sect. 2. The authority warranted by this Act shall be particularly used for the purpose of:
1. restoring and conserving widespread landscapes and other areas which, due to the scenic value or geographical position are of significant importance to the public,
2. restoring and conserving areas, flora, fauna and geological formations, the conservation of which is of significant interest for science and in connection with this, educational considerations,
3. creating opportunities for being outdoors in natural areas, where this is of importance to the recreational outdoor activities of the public.

§ 2
The Greenland Home Rule Government may place protection orders on plant and animal species all over Greenland or in specific areas.
Sect. 2. Furthermore, the Greenland Home Rule Government may designate protected uninhabited regions and localities, where afforestation or restocking is planned or has been carried out.
Sect. 3. The Greenland Home Rule Government determines the rules concerning the content and degree of the protection order.

§ 3
According to the rules in §§ 4-9 the following can be designated protected:
1. areas which, due to the unique scenery or position near settlements, are of significant interest to the public for recreational activities,
2. areas and localities where the conservation, science and education connected with this, are of significant interest.

§ 4
When placing protection orders, in accordance with § 3, the degree and content of the order is determined. Furthermore it can be determined which measures the owner, user or municipality concerned, must take to effect the the protection order.

§ 5
Preservation proceedings may be raised with the head of the Greenland Home Rule Government, by the Landsting, the State, a municipal council, a cooperation or an institution, approved for this purpose by the head of the Greenland Home Rule Government.
Sect. 2. The head of the Greenland Home Rule Government may reject the case if he finds that a protection order should not be placed or should not be effected at present.

§ 6
Should the head of the Greenland Home Rule Government find that a protection order is possible, he may consult persons or institutions expert in the objective which the proposed protection order serves.
Sect. 2. Before the head of the Greenland Home Rule Government rules on the preservation, the public must be given notice, by announcement in Statstidende and regularly published newspapers in Greenland, and likewise the owner, user and the municipality must be notified of the objective and degree of the protection order.
Sect. 3. In the notification, a time limit of minimum 3 months is set, for raising any protest and compensation claims.
Sect. 4. From the time of notification as set out in sect. 2, nothing may be done to obstruct or impede the proposed preservation.

§ 7
Should no compensation claims regarding the proposed preservation Act be brought forward, the head of the Greenland Home Rule Government makes the final ruling.
Sect. 2. Should compensation claims be raised, the case is brought before the Greenland Home Rule Government. If the claim is not approved by the Greenland Home Rule Government, the head of the Greenland Home Rule Government brings a suit against the parties concerned, to resolve the matter, unless the protection order is withdrawn.

§ 8
Within 14 days of the ruling, notification of the protection order or ruling on rejection or withdrawal of preservation proceedings must be made public, as must the parties involved in the case be notified as set out in § 6.
Sect. 2. The head of the Greenland Home Rule Government attends to those measures which are necessary for ensuring the protection order and notification of same, where the protection order involves private property.

§ 9
Revoking or amending protection orders can only be done in the same manner as set out for the implementation ofprotection orders.
Sect. 2. The head of the Greenland Home Rule Government may, if necessary obtaining the opinion of the experts mentioned in § 6, allow deviation from the preservation regulations, if this can be done in a manner not detrimental to the objective of theprotection order.

§ 10
Strata of earth or ice with embedded driftwood, bone material and meteorites of a size, removing them by hand is impossible, may not be damaged in any way, altered or removed completely or in part.

§ 11
If, during digging, such a stratum or meteorite is uncovered, work to the extent it affects the find, must cease. The find is reported to the National Museum of Greenland who as soon as possible, will inform the persons working, whether activitiesmay continue or must cease, until an investigation has been carried out or until a decision has been reached, regarding instituting preservation proceedings. The ruling of the National Museum of Greenland can be appealed before the head of the Greenland Home Rule Government.
Sect. 2. If any private person suffers considerable losses due to cessation af work, he is entitled to compensation. The claim must be presented to the National Museum of Greenland who in turn brings the case before the head of the Greenland Home Rule Government.

§ 12
The National Museum of Greenland, with the authority invested by § 11, consult botanical, zoological and mineralogical experts, and are obligated to receive and keep finds brought in, until a decision has been reached regarding future placement.

§ 13
The head of the Greenland Home Rule Government may determine rules for rewarding the reporting and handing over of finds.

§ 14
Outside urban areas, advertisements and signboards may not be placed outdoors, unless placed in the immediate vicinity of the trade or the business to which they belong.
Sect. 2. The head of the Greenland Home Rule Government may make exemptions from this rule.

§ 15
An area in the regions North and East Greenland, has been designated as National Park, with the objective of conserving the natural state of the area.
Sect.2. The southern boundary of the National Park runs: From a position 3 nautical miles seawards from the baseline, due west to Kap Biot (71°55'N / 22°32'W). From here to Rossily Bjerg (point 770), Rollier Bjerge (points 848 and 935), Claudius Clavius Bjerge (points 910, 1148, 960 and 1010), The Vestkronen (points 1140), points 1190, 1407 and 1260 and from there, due west to the 200 m level line on the west side of Schuchert Dal (71°51'N / 24°21'W) from which level line the boundary continues to a position just north of Stormpynt, on the north coast of Nordvestfjord ( 71°27'N / 25°27'W). Onwards, following the coastline, to 71°34'30"N / 26°10'W and onwards, in a southerly direction, across Nordvestfjord to point 2200 at the co-ordinates 71°24'45"N / 25°13'V, point 1900 (71°21'N / 26°14'W), point 630 (71°09'30"N / 27°46'W) east of Eielson Gletscher, point 1210 (71°06'N / 28°01'V), the point at 71°00'N / 28°50'W and the point at 71°00'N / 44°00'W. From here the border follows 44° W longitude, until the co-ordinates 78°00'N / 44°00'W, after which the boundary runs parallel to the northeastern municipal border of Avanersuaq, to the marine territory just off Petermann Gletscher.
Sect. 3. Furthermore, included in the National Park, is the marine territory contained within these stated positions.

§ 16
Any interference causing changes in nature, including any form of hunting, fishing and disturbance of nests or plant life, is prohibited in the National Park,
Sect. 2. The head of the Greenland Home Rule Government may lay down further rules in order to comply with those objectives set out in § 15, including transport and sojourn in the National Park. Furthermore, he can make exemptions from the rules in sect. 1.

§ 17
The head of the Greenland Home Rule Government may determine rules regarding the supervision and conservation of the protected areas.
Sect. 2. The head of the Greenland Home Rule Government may order the owner or user to rectify any unlawful circumstances. Failure to comply with this injunction may result in the work being carried out, at the expense of the owner or user.

§ 18
Warnings or fines may be imposed upon any one who:
1. violates § 6, sect. 4, § 10, § 11, sect. 1. item 1. and 2., § 14, sect. 1 and § 16, sect. 1.
2. Ignores terms or rulings in accordance with § 4, § 9, sect. 2, § 11, sect. 1, item 2, § 14, sect. 2, § 16, sect. 2 and § 17, sect. 2.

§ 19
In Executive Orders, issued in accordance with Act of Landsting, rules may be determined regarding the imposing of warnings and fines for violating the regulations of this Act.

§ 20
Order no. 374 of June 25th 1976 concerning the National Park in North and East Greenland, issued in accordance with Act no. 266 of May 22nd 1974 concerning Preservation in Greenland, is upheld with those amendments resulting from this Act, until amended in accordance with § 16, sect. 2.
Sect. 2. Prior protection orders, not replaced by protections orders in accordance with this Act of Landsting, remain in force until rescinded.
Sect. 3. Remaining in force are rules, implemented earlier in compliance with international agreements according to § 60 b in Regulation no. 250 of October 1st 1975 concerning Nature Preservation, and amended by Act no. 219 of may 24th 1978.

§ 21
This Act comes into effect as of January 1st 1981. At the same time Act no. 266 of May 22nd 1974 concerning preservation in Greenland, is rescinded to the extent that the rules are replaced by this Act of Landsting and § 60 b, sect. 2, in Order no. 520 of October 1st 1975 concerning Nature Preservation, and as this applies to the Minister for Greenland´s authorization to determine regulations for implemneting international agreements concerning nature preservation in Greenland.

Greenland Home Rule Government
November 12th 1980

Jonathan Motzfeldt / Alibak Steenholdt

Greenland Home Rule Government
November 9th 1988

Jonathan Motzfeldt / Lars Vesterbirk

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