The purpose of environmental implementation and management plans is to—
||co-ordinate and harmonise the environmental policies, plans, programmes and decisions of the various national departments that exercise functions that may affect the environment or are entrusted with powers and duties aimed at the achievement, promotion, and protection of a sustainable environment, and of provincial and local spheres of government, in order to—
||minimise the duplication of procedures and functions; and
||promote consistency in the exercise of functions that may affect the environment;
||give effect to the principle of co-operative government in Chapter 3 of the Constitution;
||secure the protection of the environment across the country as a whole;
||prevent unreasonable actions by provinces in respect of the environment that are prejudicial to the economic or health interests of other provinces or the country as a whole; and
||enable the Minister to monitor the achievement, promotion, and protection of a sustainable environment.