DRAFT BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT PLAN: HARTBEESSPRUIT ECOSYSTEM
Title: National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 (NEMBA): Draft Biodiversity Management Plan for Hartbeesspruit Ecosystem
Government Notice: GN 427 in GG 39922 of 15 April 2016
Date of commencement: Not yet specified
The NEMBA through sections 9 and 43(1)(a) provides for the development of Biodiversity Management Plans for Ecosystems (BMP-E). Through the development of BMP-Es, interest and action of landowners, resource users and other key stakeholders are mobilised. BMP-Es also provide a platform for an implementing organisation or responsible entity as appointed by the Minister to monitor and report (annually) on progress. In this notice a draft Biodiversity Management Plan for the Hartbeesspruit Ecosystem has been published for comment. According to Natural Vegetation Types for South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland (updated 2009) this area falls within the Marikana Thornveld Type, which is listed as Vulnerable (under the National List of Ecosystems that are Threatened or in Need of Protection (GN 1002 in GG 34809, 9 December 2011).
Members of the public are invited to submit to the Minister, within 30 days of the publication of the notice in a Gazette, written representations on, or objections to the draft Biodiversity Management Plan to the addresses specified in the notice.
“So what” for my operation?
A Biodiversity Management Plan can be compiled and approved for listed threatened species, or for species requiring special conservation attention. Various additional requirements pertaining to planning, environmental authorisations, monitoring and reporting can be applicable when your organisation conducts activities that may impact on these species. It is important for your organisation to take note of these implications and adhere to all requirements, should you conduct any activities that may impact on these species.