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Protected Area Management Plans
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and specifically the Protected Area Management Planning Unit, is responsible for the compilation of Protected Area Management Plans in accordance with the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, No. 57 of 2003 and other relevant legislation.
These plans include:
- Protected Area Management Plans
- Wilderness Management Plans
- Concept Development Plans
- World Heritage Site Integrated Management Plans
- RAMSAR Plans
In preparing Protected Area Management Plans, Ezemvelo incorporates the principles of collaboration and transparency. The Protected Area Management Planning Process includes an extensive public participation process that adds value to the development of the plans. Protected Area Management Plans are high-level, strategic documents that provide the direction for the development and operation of protected areas. They inform management at all levels, from the staff on-site through to the CEO, the Board and the MEC. The purpose of the management plan is to:
- Facilitate compliance with the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act (No. 57 of 2003).
- Provide the primary strategic tool for management of protected areas, informing the need for specific programmes and operational procedures.
- Provide motivations for budgets and provide indicators that the budget is spent correctly.
- Build accountability into the management of protected areas.
- Provide for capacity building, future thinking and continuity of management.
- Enable Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to develop and manage protected areas in such a way that its values and the purpose for which it was established are protected.
Draft Stakeholder workshop invitations and supporting documents
Protected Area Management Plans submitted for approval