Public consultation on the draft White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biodiversity

Event date: 
2022-08-29 00:15 to 2022-09-09 23:45

A series of further physical and virtual consultation roadshows on the draft White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biodiversity will be co-hosted by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment and the provinces between 29 August and 09 September 2022.

The public consultation forms part of the public comment process launched through the publication of the draft White Paper by the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms Barbara Creecy, for public comment on 12 July 2022, for a period of 60 days.

The draft white paper emphasises partnerships and adopting participatory and consensus approaches throughout the biodiversity sector, which will promote meaningful participation and influence of all stakeholders, with communal rather than individual outcomes.

These shifts will provide a clear understanding of the intent and aspirations of South Africa, in terms of promoting conservation to achieve protection of the environment for present and future generations, as well as securing ecologically sustainable use to promote justifiable economic and social development.

 

Related documents 

 

 

Schedule for public consultation sessions

 

No. Dates Time Stakeholders Links
1. Physical Session
01 September 2022
  Kimberly, Horseshoe Inn Physical session
2. 05 September 2022 09.00 – 16.00 Eastern Cape – confirmed Physical session
3. 06 September 2022 09.00 – 12.00 Confirmed
Buffering Mechanisms stakeholder & heritage stakeholders
  • Traditional Healers
  • CPAs of all 9 provinces
  • Traditional Leaders via the NHTL and CONTRALESA
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09.00 – 14.00 Confirmed
Traditional Council Leaders, Traditional healers associations and other relevant stakeholders in Thabo Mofutsanyana District at Golden Gate.
Physical session
4. 07 September 2022 09.00 – 12.00 Confirmed
Academic & Financial Institutions Sector supported by SANBI
  • GMOs stakeholders & Science-Policy Interface Indaba

 

  • Session with the Climate Change stakeholders

 

  • All DFFE Branches
  • Stewardships Stakeholders

 

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5.  08 September 2022 09.00 – 13.00 Confirmed
Local Government Support - SALGA
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6.  09September 2022 09.00 – 15.55 Confirmed - Garden Court OR Tambo
People and Parks Forum
Physical session
         

 

 

Submission and enquiries

 

Stakeholders unable to attend the sessions are invited to submit written comments on the draft white paper by 10 September 2022 to any of the following addresses:

 

By post to:       

The Director-General: Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
Attention: Dr Tsepang Makholela
Private Bag X447
Pretoria
0001

By hand at:      
Reception,
Environment House,
473 Steve Biko Road,
Arcadia
Pretoria
0083

 

By e-mail:        whitepaper@dffe.gov.za

Comments received after the closing date may not be considered.

 

Enquiries

 

Enquiries in connection with the draft white paper:
Khuthadzo Mahamba
Cell: 066 115 8144 
E-mail: whitepaper@dffe.gov.za

For media enquiries contact:
Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871