INVITATION TO COMMENT ON ISIMANGALISO’S DRAFT INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT PLAN AND ATTEND OPEN DAYS

 

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority (iSimangaliso Authority) hereby invites you to provide input and comment on the draft Integrated Management Plan (IMP), relevant to the years 2022 – 2031.

The IMP is a strategic framework plan for decision making that has been drafted in terms of the World Heritage Convention Act 1999 (Act No.49 of 1999) and the South African National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act 57 of 2003). The draft IMP (2022 – 2031) builds on the previous IMP (2017-2021) and sets out the parameters for the conservation and protection of the world heritage values, and the integration of conservation, tourism development, and local economic development of historically disadvantaged communities in and adjacent to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It provides the integrated management tools for iSimangaliso, including spatial planning measures that include zonation and a 10-year implementation plan.

The IMP is subject to a Public Participation Process and as such, we welcome your participation and encourage you to register as an Interested and Affected Party (see details below), review the draft IMP (2022-2031) report and provide comment on how the Park will be managed over the next 10 years.

In an effort to ensure all interested parties are provided an opportunity to comment, iSimangaliso will also host a series of open public days, during which you are invited to view banner and poster  information and presentation slides on the IMP and discuss any aspects of the IMP with iSimangaliso staff and their IMP consultant team.

The open days will be held on the following dates and venues from 9am – 12 pm:

30th September – Anew Hotel, Hluhluwe

1st October   – Mbazwana Art Centre, Mbazwana

2nd October – Tembe Hall, Manguzi

5th October – Ghost Mountain Inn (Mkhuze)

6th October –  Siyabonga Centre, St Lucia

Your attendance will be highly appreciated .

Report availability for review:

The draft Integrated Management Plan (2022 – 2031) report is available on the following websites:

https://indaloenhle.co.za/ under the “Our Projects”, ‘iSimangaliso Integrated Management Plan’ link, or

https://isimangaliso.com/all-downloads/integrated-management-plans/

Due to the closure of public libraries, printed copies of the report have been made available at the following public venues for review:

  • The iSimangaliso Wetland Park offices at the Dredge Harbour, St Lucia
  • Manguzi Education Centre
  • Mbazwana Education Centre
  • Bangizwe Education Centre
  • Richards bay Library

Comment forms are available at the above venues.

Please note that comments are due by 31 October 2020.

Webinar:

In addition, a webinar is scheduled for 8 October (9am), to which you are invited.

To register or for additional information, please contact Mbalenhle Mtshali, Indaloenhle Environmental Consulting, 62 Old Main Road, Kloof, Tel: 031 003 4270, or E-mail: info@indaloenhle.co.za; or ljilimane@indaloenhle.co.za

 

Warm regards

The Isimangaliso and Indaloenhle Environmental Consultants IMP Team

 

 

 

 

 



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