iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority plans missing ?

On Wednesday 3 December 2008 the Mtubatuba IDP (Integrated Development Plan) held a meeting of the Public Representatives Forum as part of their public participation process in the development of their IDP.

The subject of the IWPA iSimangaliso Wetland Park and integration of their IMP (Integrated Management Plan) came up, where the facilitator said that she had been trying for more than 6 years to acquire a copy of their IMP.

I have also personally been on the hunt for this plan, as I want to know what the IWPA is doing about the significant losses suffered when the recreational beach users along the Elephant Coast simply stopped coming to the Elephant Coast.

I am tired of being Mr. Nice Guy and so requested that the PRF (Public Representatives Forum) request that the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) produce a copy of their Integrated Management Plan (IMP) or face the music.

The forum then took a resolution to request that the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) produce their plan within 14 Days. This is a start, and we will keep up the pressure.

It must be remembered that the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) is the Successor of GSLWPA (Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park Authority) and as such is liable for not implementing policies as per instructions of the world heritage Act clauses 21, 22, 23 and 24

IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) is the new name for GSLWPA (Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park Authority) and the name change was quite a serious affair, as this name change affects UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) which is the world body in control of world heritage sites and their marketing to the public.

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Government Notice of estbling GSLWPA

The government Notice establishing GSLWPA (Greater St. Lucia Wetands Park Authority) may be found here

The world heritage convention act may be found here

It Must be remembered that the GSLWPA (Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park Authority) underwent a name change and is now known as IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority)

This name change came about because of a branding issue relating to the Island of St. Lucia in the in the Caribbeans which now has its own world heritage site which leaves some confusion in the world travelers mind.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority IMP unavailable!

The fact that the IMP (integrated Management Plan) of the iSimangaliso wetland Park Authority (IWPA) is unavailable for public scrutiny was brought up at last weeks meeting of the Public representatives forum of Mtubatuba Local Municipality’s IDP (Integrated development Plan)

I personally requested that the forum take a resolution to request the Mtubatuba Municipality to request this IMP (Integrated Management Plan) be made available to the IDP so that we can align the Mtubatuba Municipality’s tourism strategy with that of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority.

This received strong support from all forum members and a resolution to request the plan from IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) was adopted.

The IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) is obliged to produce an IMP (Integrated Management Plan in terms of the world Heritage Act as per clauses 21 to 25.

Failure to have these plans available for public scrutiny is a criminal offense, and I will be pressing for charges to be laid against both the CEO of IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) and the Minister of DEAT (Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism) if these plans are not available at the next PRF (Public Representatives Forum) of the Mtubatuba IDP Review Process.

At the end of the day we want to know how the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) plans to mitigate the economic losses caused by the 4×4 ban, and what their future tourism strategy entails.