The Legal System and Environmental Laws in Mauritius

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The Constitution of the Republic of Mauritius

Communiqué on the Control of Ozone Depleting Substances

Protection of the Maritime Zones

Laws related to the protection of the Environment

Laws related to Health and Welfare

Guidelines for Coastal Water Quality

Guidelines on Irrigation Water Quality


Mauritius is rather unique in having a dual set of laws. There is the ''Code Napoleon'', a legacy of the French occupation of the island together with Statute Laws passed by the Legislative Assembly. This rather curious state of affairs came about when the British invaded the island in 1810. When the French surrendered to the British, they obtained from their victors that their property and customs and laws would be respected. Furthermore, the new administrators found it easier to keep the ''Code Napoleon'' than to overhaul the legal system.


Laws related to the Protection of the Environment

Continental Shelf Act

Environment Protection Act 1991 (Repealed in 2002)

Environment Protection Act 2002

Environment Protection Act (Standards for Air) Regulations 1998

Fisheries Act (Repealed in 1998)

Fisheries and Marine Resources Act 1998

Forests And Reserves Act

Maritime Zones Act

Rivers and Canals Act

Territorial Sea Act

Town and Country Planning Act

Wildlife and National Parks Act ,

Regulations made by the Minister

Second Schedule:

PART I: Species of Prescribed Animals

Mammalia, Aves, Reptilia,

SUB PART D to SUB PART K: Amphibia, Pisces, Arthropoda, Annelida, Mollusca, Gastropoda, Cnidaria

PART II: Species of Prescribed Plants

Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh Schedule

Second Schedule: Species of Wildlife Excluded From Definition Of "Protected Wildlife"

Proclamation of the Balaclava Marine Park

Proclamation of the Blue Bay Marine Park

Proclamation of the Terre Rouge Estuary Bird Sanctuary as a Reserve

Laws Related to Health and Welfare

Occupational Health and Safety Act

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Last Update: 30th of November 2002

Date on the Web: 19th of February 1998