Public consultation on draft white paper on conservation and sustainable use of South Africa’s biodiversity to take place between 3 and 12 August 2022

29 July 2022

 

A series of virtual public consultations on the Draft White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in South Africa will be hosted by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment between 3 and 12 August 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 11 July 2022.

The draft White Paper gives effect to the recommendations made by the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLP) appointed in 2019 to review our current policies, legislation and practices on matters of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros management, breeding, hunting, trade and handling.

The 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 in order 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.

Description
Draft White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable use of South Africa’s Biodiversity [PDF - 5.51 mb]  
Template for providing written comments [PDF - 33 kb] 

Socio-Economic Impact Assessment and quality assurance sign-off form (preliminary) [PDF - 2.03 mb] 

 

The public consultation sessions will be hosted as follows:

Consultation Stakeholder grouping Venue, Date and Time

DRAFT WHITE PAPER ON THE CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF SAS BIODIVERSITY

National Departments, their respective Entities, CONTRALESSA and National House of Traditional Leaders

Virtual Session (Click to join meeting)
Date:
 03 August 2022
Time:  09.00 – 13.00

  Biodiversity and Conservation Grouping, organisations/NGOs/individuals

Virtual Session (Click to join meeting)
Date:
 04 August 2022
Time:  09.00 – 13.00

  Academic sector and Financial Institutions Virtual Session (Click to join meeting)
Date:
 05 August 2022
Time:  09.00 – 13.00
  Provincial, Municipalities, Entities and Parks Boards

Virtual Session (Click to join meeting)
Date:
 10 August 2022
Time:  09.00 – 13.00

  Wildlife Forum, Bioprospecting, Ecotourism, Traditional Healers and People and Parks  Stakeholders Virtual Session (Click to join meeting)
Date:
 11 August 2022
Time:  09.00 – 13.00
  Wildlife Welfare Forum Stakeholders Virtual Session (Click to join meeting)
Date:
 12 August 2022
Time:  09.00 – 13.00

 

Links to the Virtual sessions will be provided ahead of each session.

Stakeholders unable to attend the sessions are invited to submit witten comments on the draft White Paper by 10 September 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
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By hand at:       Reception, Environment House, 473 Steve Biko Road, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083

Please note that anyone entering the Department's building will be subjected to COVID 19 procedures. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic delivering comments by hand at the Department is being discouraged.

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

Comments received after the closing date may not be considered.

Any inquiries in connection with the draft White Paper can be directed to Mr Khuthadzo Mahamba at 066 115 8144 or whitepaper@dffe.gov.za

To access the Government Notice and White Paper, click on: 
Consultation on draft white paper on conservation and sustainable use of South Africa’s biodiversity [G 46687 – GoN 2252]

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