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Mining Cadastre Department

The draft Minerals Law (2005) creates a Mining Cadastre Department, the full organisation of which will be set out in the Mining Regulations. The Mining Cadastre is responsible for:

•   accepting applications for Mineral Rights,
•   evaluating their admissibility,
•   co-ordinating their technical and environmental evaluation by the MMI,
•   issuing Mineral Certificates as evidence of a Mineral Right,
•   accepting and processing applications for renewals and extensions of Mineral Rights,
•   informing the applicants of the status of their applications, and
•   collecting Surface Rights Fees from the Holders.

The Mining Cadastre Department will set up and maintain a National Registry of Mineral Rights which will be open for Public Inspection. This registry will contain information on:

•   applications for Mineral Rights,
•   Mineral Rights granted and refused,
•   cases of relinquishment, withdrawal, termination and expiry,
•   extension of Mineral Rights to other substances,
•   transformation from one Right to another, and
•   assignments, transfers and leases of Mineral Rights.

A national Cadastral Survey Map will be created which will divide the country up into a mining cadastral grid in accordance with the coordinate system specified by the Mining Regulations. Applications for Mineral Rights will have to specify the form of the perimeter consisting of contiguous quadrangles defined by the cadastral grid. The topographic base map for this grid and the projection will be defined in the Mining Regulations.

The Mining Cadastre Department will be responsible for distributing copies of the Minerals Law, the Mining Regulations, and explanatory guides and brochures to the operation of the Law. It is anticipated that copies of these and the application forms will be available for download from this website.

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