The National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act No. 24 of 2008, National Environment Management: Protected Areas Act No. 57 of 2003 and World Heritage Convention Act No. 49 of 1999 requires that South African National Parks (SANParks) produces management plans for all marine protected areas, national parks, protected environments and world heritage sites, under its custodianship, in consultations with stakeholders.
SANParks Coordinated Policy Framework
The SANParks Coordinated Policy Framework (2023) comprises generic policy statements applicable to all estuaries, marine protected areas, national parks, protected environments and world heritage sites, under its custodianship, which inform the contents of the respective Management Plans.
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
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 2023/2024 are:
- Bontebok National Park
- Camdeboo National Park
- Robben Island Marine Protected Area
Management plans that will be either developed or reviewed during the period 2024/2025 are:
- Marakele National Park
- West Coast National Park
- Langebaan Lagoon Marine Protected Area, Sixteen Mile Beach Marine Protected Area, Malgas Island Marine Protected Area, Jutten Island Marine Protected Area, Marcus Island Marine Protected Area and Langebaan Estuary
Draft Management Plans for Public Comment
The following draft plans are available for public comment.
Draft Management Plans submitted to the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
View the draft plans submitted to the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment for approval.
The draft management plans submitted to the DFFE are closed for comments from stakeholders.
Approved Management Plans
The Approved Management Plans for the various Parks are available for download.