7. The following activities are prohibited in ecological reserves: hunting, trapping, fishing, any activity relating to mining, gas or petroleum exploration and development, any brine or underground reservoir exploration activity, prospecting, digging or boring, forest management activities, earthwork and construction activities, agricultural, industrial or commercial activities and, generally, any activity likely to alter the state or nature of ecosystems.
However, the Minister may authorize, in writing and on the conditions he determines, any activity consistent with the purposes set out in section 1 or with the management of ecological reserves.
The application for authorization must contain the information and documents required by the Minister. The Minister shall, before issuing an authorization, take into account, in particular, the nature and objectives of the proposed activity, its impact on living organisms and ecosystems and, where applicable, any protection measures required. The holder of an authorization granted for the purposes of scientific research shall submit to the Minister a final activity report and, where the activities extend over a period of more than one year, an annual report.
The Government may regulate the conditions on which any activity consistent with the purposes set out in section 1 or with the management of ecological reserves may be carried on, in particular, by fixing the fees payable.