Biodiversity Management Plan for Cape Mountain Zebra Drawn Up

Department of Environmental Affairs

The Biodiversity Management Plan for the Cape Mountain Zebra is in place.

The environmental affairs department published the plan in Government Gazette 41498.

The plan was published for comment at the beginning of 2017.

It focuses on actions and strategies to strengthen the overall population, distribution and genetic diversity of the Cape Mountain Zebra.

Meanwhile, in Notice 213, the department has called for comment on the Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for the Square Kilometre Array (Phase 1).

Comment is also sought on the proposal to exclude all activities associated with development of phase 1 of the SKA.

The National Research Foundation would not have to apply for environmental authorization for activities undertaken outside of areas identified as unsuitable for development.

The department proposes that the IEMP be adopted as an environmental management instrument in terms of the National Environmental Management Act.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

In a separate matter, the Marine Spatial Planning Bill has been revived and referred back to the portfolio committee on environmental affairs.

According to the bill’s explanatory summary published in March 2017, the bill seeks to create a marine spatial planning system that promotes economic growth and is facilitated by coordinated planning across multiple sectors.

It also aims to facilitate good ocean governance and give effect to South Africa’s international obligations in South African waters.

The bill applies to South Africa’s territorial waters, the Exclusive Economic Zone, extended continental shelf claim, the territorial waters, and extended continental shelf around the Prince Edward Islands.

It also aims to provide for the development and implementation of marine spatial plans and governance of the use of the ocean by multiple sectors.

The bill flows from Operation Phakisa for the Ocean Economy initiated in 2014.

Sabinet Cape Town Office