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The Park Management Plan Process

Introduction

The National Environment Management: Protected Areas Act No. 57 of 2003 (NEM: PAA) requires that South African National Parks (SANParks) produces management plans for all national parks in consultations with stakeholders. The objective of a management plan is to ensure the protection, conservation and management of the protected area concerned in a manner which is consistent with the objectives of the NEM: PAA and for the purpose it was declared.

SANParks Coordinated Policy Framework

The SANParks Coordinated Policy Framework comprises generic policy statements applicable to all National Parks which informs the contents of the Park Management Plans. Download (PDF, 1.2MB) a copy of the document here.

Framework for Developing and Implementing Management Plans for SANParks

SANParks has created a framework for developing and implementing management plans it practices so that interested members of the public, collaborators as well as employees have an understanding of our management processes, especially Strategic Adaptive Management.

  • Framework for Developing and Implementing Management Plans for SANParks
  • Stakeholder Participation in Support of Developing and Implementing Management Plans for SANParks (PDF, 1.5MB)

Process for Developing or Revising Park Management Plans

The Protected Areas Act requires that a national park be managed exclusively for the purpose for which it was declared. However, SANParks recognises that the environment is in constant flux, is interlinked with the socio-economic and political spheres and could be affected by societal values. Protected area management should therefore take cognisance of the ever changing environment and diversity of influences, and plan accordingly. In consultation with stakeholders SANParks will be revising the management plan of each park approximately every ten years.

Management plans that will be reviewed during the period 2013/2014 are:

  • Marakele National Park,
  • Tankwa Karoo National Park.

All Stakeholders are thus invited to register to participate in the revision of the above mentioned management plans.

Please note:

Notice is given to all interested and affected parties that in terms of section 39, read with section 41 of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act No. 57 of 2003 (NEM:PAA) SANParks is revising the Park Management Plans for Marakele National Park (MNP) and Tankwa Karoo National Park (TKNP).

These draft park management plans will be available for download on the following dates:

The plans can also be obtained on request from the parks.
Stakeholders are further invited to attend a public meeting to comment on and discuss aspects relating to the plans.

Park Date & Time Venue Comments/input submitted by
Marakele National Park 19 March 2014 at 15:00 Vaalwater, Dutch Reformed Church Lapa 9 April 2014
20 March 2014 at 10:00 Thabazimbi, Kumba Bioscope Hall 10 April 2014
Tankwa Karoo National Park 24 March 2014 at 10:00 Ceres Vallei Church Hall 14 April 2014
26 March 2014 at 10:00 Sutherland Hotel 16 April 2014
27 March 2014 at 09:00 Calvinia Hotel 17 April 2014

Management plans that will be reviewed during the period 2014/2015 are:

  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • Table Mountain National Park

Draft Management Plans submitted to the Minister: Department of Environmental Affairs

The following draft plans have been submitted to the Minister: Department of Environmental Affairs, for approval.

Please note:

The draft management plans submitted to the DEA, are closed for comments from stakeholders.

Approved Management Plans

The Approved Management Plans for the various Parks are available for download here.

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