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maloti-drakensberg park world heritage site buffer zone
MALOTI-DRAKENSBERG PARK
WORLD HERITAGE SITE
BUFFER ZONE POLICY:
Public and Community Consultation Process
Background Information Document
May 2016
PUBLIC CONSULTATION PROCESS
OBJECTIVES
 Inform all stakeholders and
interested members of the
public of the commencement of
the consultation process for the
establishment of Buffer Zone
Policy for the MDP WHS.
 Invite all interested parties to
participate in the process.
P URPOSE O F T HIS D OCUMENT
The purpose of this Background Information Document (BID) is to
prepare interested and affected parties for the Buffer Zone Policy
consultation process by answering the following questions:
 What is the Buffer Zone Policy and what is its purpose?
 What is in the draft Buffer Zone Policy for Maloti-Drakensberg
Park World Heritage Site (MDP WHS).
 How can I participate in the public consultation process?
 Create awareness of the
importance of establishment
and management of activities
within the Buffer Zone.
 Assist members of the public to
fully understand the areas which
fall within the Buffer Zone
You are invited to participate in the
process by contributing information
at meetings, completing comment
sheets or by corresponding with the
public participation or the technical
teams as provided below.
For Public Participation Queries,
Contact:
Bongi Shinga or Lungelo Chamane
• Tel: 083 467 3252 or 073 738 9208
• Fax: 086 613 2745
Postal Address: Postnet Suite 382,
P/Bag x 0001, Ballito, 4420
• E-mail:
[email protected] or
[email protected]
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF
COMMENTS:
WEDNESDAY, 31 AUGUST 2016
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FIGURE 1: PROPOSED MALOTI-DRAKENSBERG WORLD HERITAGE SITE BUFFER ZONE
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W HAT I S A B UFFER Z ONE ?
 A Buffer Zone is an area surrounding the Park which has restrictions placed on its use in order to give an ‘added layer
of protection’ to the Park.
 Buffer Zones are legal, moral and practical requirements to protected World Heritage Sites and South Africa is
internationally committed to determining one around MDP WHS.
 South Africa has legal commitments which require the MDP WHS to have a Buffer Zone and a Buffer Zone Policy.
 The Buffer Zone is essential for the protection of the World Heritage Site’s Outstanding Universal Value, which is the
reason for its international importance and value.
 A Buffer Zone should promote appropriate economic activity using the MDP WHS as its primary driver.
 The proposed Buffer Zone for MDP WHS consist of two layers.
 Layer One is proximate to the MDP WHS and is regarded as being highly sensitive.
 Layer Two is more distant and is regarded as being less sensitive.
 The entire Buffer Zone will extend approximately 10 kilometres from the boundary of MDP WHS as shown in Figure 1.
WHY DO WE NEED A BUFFER ZONE?
 uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park (UDP) was nominated as a WHS, in terms of the World Heritage Convention, in June
1999.
 The UDP was inscribed as a WHS in December 2000 on the basis that it displays aspects of both cultural and natural
heritage.
 In 2013 the UDP WHS was extended by inclusion of the Sehlabathebe National Park into the Site which was renamed as
the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (MDP WHS).
 The MDP is the World Heritage Site as inscribed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee.
 South Africa is a party to the World Heritage Convention Act (WHCA).
 The Minister of Environmental Affairs is responsible for enforcing and implementing the WHCA.
 The Buffer Zone is a formal requirement of UNESCO which has advised South Africa that the process should be finalised
in December 2016.
 The Buffer Zone is a legal and moral requirement and will ensure that the MDP WHS can be preserved for the benefit of
present and future generations.
PURPOSE OF BUFFER ZONE POLICY
Outstanding Universal Value means cultural and/or natural
significance which is so exceptional as to transcend national
boundaries and to be of common importance for present
and future generations of all humanity.
 Protect the purpose and values of the MDP WHS,
especially the Outstanding Universal Value.
 Protect biodiversity, and ecosystems which transcend
the MDP WHS boundary.
 Assist adjacent and affected communities to secure
appropriate and sustainable benefits from the MDP
WHS and Buffer Zone Area.
Outstanding Universal Value Elements: biological diversity;
natural characteristics; scientific, cultural, historical,
archaeological or geological values; scenic and landscape
values; wilderness values; provision of environmental goods
and services.
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BUFFER ZONE POLICY FRAMEWORK
The purpose of the Buffer Zone Policy is to protect and conserve the Outstanding Universal Value of the MDP WHS. This is
achieved by a number of policy and co-operative governance mechanisms. Underlying these, is the identification of specific
Listed Activities (in terms of section 24(2)(b) read with ss24A - D of National Environmental Management Act No.107 of 1998,
as amended) which will require assessment and authorisation before commencement. These Listed Activities will guide local
authorities and other decision makers to best conserve the MDP WHS and, by carefully identifying relevant Listed Activities
the BZP can promote appropriate activities within the Buffer Zone.
The Buffer Zone Policy is a conceptual document to facilitate a unified and committed approach by all stakeholders in the
Buffer Zone towards protecting the MDP WHS. It is also intended to fulfil our international obligations as custodian of the
MDP WHS.
W HAT I S C ONTAINED I N T HE D RAFT B UFFER Z ONE P OLICY ?
The draft Buffer Zone Policy for the MDP is made up of five (5) chapters, with supporting appendices. Below is an outline of
chapters and contents:
Chapter 1
Background to the Buffer Zone & Legal Background
Chapter 2
Buffer Zone Policy
Chapter 3
Specific Objectives
Chapter 4
Buffer Zone Layers and Expansion Areas
Chapter 5
Implementation Mechanisms
Appendix 1
The Site, Protected Value, Excluded and Additional
Objectives
Appendix 2
Map of the Buffer Zone and Layers
Appendix 3
Listed Activities
Figure 2: Outline of the Draft Buffer Zone Policy for MDP WHS
The draft Buffer Zone Policy for the MDP BZP can be requested from the Public Participation Office and/or accessed from the
Project website: www.kznwildlife.com/conservation/public-comment.html
O UTLINE O F T HE P ROCESS
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The Buffer Zone Policy has been drafted and will be finalized with inputs received during the public participation process.
The final draft will be submitted to the Minister of Environmental Affairs for consideration.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs will review the policy and approve or reject.
If approved, the Minister will gazette the Buffer Zone Policy for MDP WHS.
Once gazetted, the Buffer Zone Policy will be the guiding framework for decision making to ensure that the Outstanding
Universal Value of the MDP WHS is protected and conserved as required.
P UBLIC P ARTICIPATION P ROCESS
1. The identification of stakeholders in the MDP WHS is an ongoing process. The following stakeholders have been identified
and included in the project database:
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Relevant National and Provincial Government
departments
Local government (District and Local)
Agricultural Unions
Environment and/or Conservation Bodies
Farmers Associations
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Ratepayers Associations
Traditional Councils
Tourism Associations and Organisations
Tourism Operators and Establishments
Private Landowners
Community Representatives
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Project Announcement
The project will be announced with a letter of
invitation addressed to all Interested and Affected
Parties (I&APs) currently on the database,
accompanied by this BID, the reply sheet for I&APs to
register for participation.
Advertisements announcing the project, in English and
Zulu will be placed in relevant local newspapers.
The notice will also be published in the Government
Gazette
delegated authorities have been invited to meetings
to be held in Estcourt and Underberg on 26 and 27
May 2016 respectively.
Public Meetings/Open Days: These meetings will be
advertised for the general public to participate.
Notification letters will also be issued to all registered
stakeholders.
Community and/or Traditional Meetings: various
meetings will be held with community members
during the following periods:
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Northern Maloti-Drakensberg Park
Central Maloti-Drakensberg Park
Southern Maloti-Drakensberg Park
3. Public Consultation Meetings
Various meetings will be arranged during the public
consultation process. These meetings will take form of the
following:
 Key Stakeholders and Authorities’ Meetings:
representatives of identified stakeholder groups and
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06-08 June 2016
09-20 June 2016
21-27 June 2016
Focus Group Meetings: these meetings can be
arranged upon request to attend to matters with a
specific focus, e.g. agriculture, conservation, water,
etc.
C OMMENTS A ND R ESPONSES R E PORT
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During this consultation process, a Comments and
Responses Report (CRR) will be compiled.
The CRR allows for checks and balances necessary for
ensuring that comments raised by registered
stakeholders and interest groups have been considered
and, where applicable, addressed by the technical
team and EKZNW.
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The CRR will provide a formal record of all comments
submitted during the consultation phase.
All registered interested parties will be notified when
additions have been made to the CRR.
The CRR will accompany the final draft Buffer Zone
Policy which will be submitted to the Minister of
Environmental Affairs.
O NGOING C OMMUNITY C ONSULTATION
 All interested and affected parties will continue to be
informed on progress of the process through
personalized letters. The EKZNW website will be used
for the publishing of information
 A registration and/or comment form has been
provided with this Background Information Document.
This will ensure that you receive all correspondence
including notifications of upcoming meetings
 You can submit your comments in writing in one of
the following ways:
Mail
Postnet Suite 382, P/Bag x 0001, Ballito, 4420
Fax
086 613 2745
Email [email protected]
www.kznwildlife.com/conservation/public-comment.html
 The public will also be notified when new information
has been uploaded on the website.
 In order to register on the database, please provide the
Public Participation Office with your contact details.
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MALOTI-DRAKENSBERG PARK WORLD
HERITAGE SITE
BUFFER ZONE POLICY
PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY CONSULTATION PROCESS
MAY 2016
COMMENT SHEET 1
Title:
First Name:
Surname:
Organisation:
Position:
Email:
Cell:
Tel:
Fax:
Postal Address:
I would like to make the following comments in response to the Draft Buffer Zone Policy:
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We thank you for your participation. Please use separate or additional sheets if you wish.
Please complete and return by no later than 31 August 2016 to: Lungelo Chamane,
Wakhiwe Group: Stakeholder Engagement Specialists, Postnet Suite 382, P/Bag x 0001, Ballito, 4420
Tel: 073 738 9208 Fax: 086 613 2745 E-mail: [email protected]
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