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Publicado (2012-06-26)
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All the Regional Autonomous Corporations will have as object the implementation of policies, plans, programs and projects about the environment and the renewable resources, in the same way, provide a prompt enforcement of the updated legal requirements, disposition, administration, management and use, according to the regulations, trends, and directions, granted by the Environment and Sustainable Development Ministry.   



Determined by the Law 99 of 1993 in its article 31

The Regional Autonomous Corporations execute the following functions


  1. Implement the national policies, plans and programs in the environmental issues defined by the enabling legislation of the National Development Plan and the National Investment Plan or by the Environmental Ministry, as well as the ones of Regional Order that have been entrusted in accordance to the law, in the area of its jurisdiction;
  2. Practice the function of maximum environmental authority in the area of its jurisdiction, in agreement to the rules of  higher character and according to the criteria and guidance marked by the Environmental Ministry;
  3. Promote and develop the community participation in activities and programs of environment protection, of sustainable development and the adequate management of the renewable natural resources;
  4. Coordinate the process of the preparation of the plans, programs and projects of environmental development that have to be formulated by the different organisms and entities that integrate the National Environmental System – SINASistema Nacional Ambiental – in the area of its jurisdiction, and especially, advise the States, Districts and Municipalities of their territorial comprehension in the definition of the plans of environmental development and in its programs and projects in the issues of protection of the environment and the renewable natural resources, in a way that harmony and coherence of the policies and actions adopted by the different territorial entities can be ensure;
  5. Participate with the other organisms and competent entities in the area of its jurisdiction, in the processes of planning and land use planning so the environmental factor can be taken into account with the adopted decisions;
  6. Conclude contracts and agreements with the territorial entities, other public and private entities and with non-profit entities which object is the defense and protection of the environment and the renewable natural resources, with the aim of perform the best way ever or some of its functions when there´s no correspondence to the exercise of administrative functions;
  7. Promote and make studies and investigations about environmental aspects and renewable resources with national organisms registered and related to the environmental ministry, and with entities of technical and scientific support of the National Environmental System –SINASistema Nacional Ambiental;
  8. Advise territorial Entities on how to formulate formal environment educational plans and carry out non-formal environment educational programs, according to guidelines of the national policy;
  9. Grant concessions, permissions authorizations and environmental licenses, required by law for the use or mobilization of the natural resources or for the development of activities that affect or could affect the environment. Grant permissions and concessions for forestry use, concessions for the use of superficial and underground water and establish hunting and fishing bans;
  10. Set limits in area of its jurisdiction, for allowable emissions, discharges, transport or deposit of substances, products, compounds, or other matter that could affect the environment or the natural renewable resources and prohibit, restrain or regulate the production, distribution, use, disposal or dumping of substances that cause environmental degradation. This limits, restrictions and regulations in no case could be less strict that that the ones defined by the Environmental Ministry;
  11. Perform the functions of environmental evaluation, control and monitoring of the activities of exploration, exploitation, profitability, transport, use, and deposit of the natural non-renewable resources, including the port activities with the exclusion of the competences given to the Environmental Ministry, same as other activities, projects or factors that generate or could generate environmental damage. This function includes the issuing of the respective environmental license. The functions to what this numeral refers will be executed according to article 58 of this Act;
  12.  Perform the functions of environmental evaluation, control and monitoring of the water, land, air and the other natural renewable resources use. It will include dumping, emission or incorporation of substances or liquids, solid and gas waste to the waters in any of its forms, to the air or to the lands, same as the dumping or emissions that can cause harm or put in danger the normal sustainable development of the natural renewable resources or halt or block its use for other uses. These functions include the issuing of the respective environmental licenses, permissions, concessions, authorizations and passes to move products;
  13. Collect, according to the law, the contributions, taxes, fees, fares, and fines for the use of the natural renewable resources, fix an amount in the territory of its jurisdiction, based on the minimum fares established by the Environmental Ministry;      
  14. Practice mobilization control, processing and commercialization of the natural renewable resources in coordination with the other Regional Autonomous Corporation, Territorial Entities and other police authorities, according the law and regulations; and issue the permissions, licenses and passes to move the natural renewable resources;  
  15. Manage, under the custody of the Environmental Ministry, the areas of the National Parks System that this Ministry delegates. This management could be made with the participation of the Territorial Entities and the Civil Society;
  16. Keep, limit, manage or remove, in the terms and conditions that are set by the law and the regulations, the districts of integral management, the districts of  land conservation, forest reservations and natural regional parks, and regulate their use and operation. Manage the National Forest Reservations in the area of its jurisdiction;     
  17. Impose and perform a prevention and without prejudice of the attributed competences by the law to other authorities, the police measures and the sanctions due by the law, in case of violation of the rules of environmental protection and management of the natural renewable resources and require, according to the appropriate regulations, repair the damage caused; 
  18. Arrange and establish the rules and policies for the management of water basins located in the area of its jurisdiction, according to the higher provisions and national policies;     
  19. Promote and perform infrastructure work for irrigation, drainage, flood defenses, channel and water current regulation, and upturn of lands that are necessary for the defense, protection and  adequate management of river basins of its jurisdiction, in coordination with other directive and executive organisms from the National System of Land Changes, according to legal dispositions and to the correspondent technical estimates; if is about infrastructure work for irrigation and drainage, that according to the to the requires standars and regulations  





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