NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: BIODIVERSITY ACT 10 OF 2004: CONSULTATION ON THE DRAFT BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR BLACK RHINOCEROS (DICEROS BICORNIS) AND WHITE RHINOCEROS (CERATOTHERIUM SIMUM) IN SOUTH AFRICA

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: BIODIVERSITY ACT 10 OF 2004: CONSULTATION ON THE DRAFT BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR BLACK RHINOCEROS (DICEROS BICORNIS) AND WHITE RHINOCEROS (CERATOTHERIUM SIMUM) IN SOUTH AFRICA

Notice Title: National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 (“NEMBA”): Consultation on the Draft Biodiversity Management Plan for Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium Simum) in South Africa

Government Notice: GN 4980 in GG 50829 on 18 June 2024

Commencing date: Comments to be submitted on or before 18 July 2024

The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment in terms of sections 43(1)(b), 43(3), 99 and 100 of the NEMBA, published the draft Biodiversity Management Plan (“BMP”) for the Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in South Africa, for public comment.

The vision of the draft BMP for the Black and White Rhinoceros Species is to ensure that “Thriving national herds of wild black and white rhino are valued, promote conservation, and people benefit from their inclusive sustainable use, with the associated goal that will aim to cooperatively manage a viable, secure and expanding national metapopulation of both species of indigenous rhino in order to contribute to national biodiversity objectives, meet a range of societal values, and advance transformation through inclusive ownership, meaningful participation and broad beneficiation”.

The Minister intends, in terms of section 43(2) and 43(3)(c) of NEMBA, to assign the responsibility for implementation of the draft BMP for the Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), once finalised, to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment supported by the National Rhino Conservation Co-ordinating Committee which will be established for this purpose.

Members of the public are invited to submit written comments and inputs on or before 18 July 2024. For a copy of the Government Gazette Notice click here.

For more information or assistance please contact Jan Nel at jan@shangoni.co.za.

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