iSimangaliso wetland Park IMP

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority is busy with their IMP (integrated management Plan) review for 2009.

Part of this process is surposed to include meaningful public participation, and the open day held at Hluhluwe on Friday 23 January 2009 (23/01/09) was interesting, but does not qualify as meaningful public participation. This meaningful public participation is required according to the regulations associated with the world heritage act, act 49 of 1999, and the NEMA as well as other related legislation.

We arrived at the HluHluwe Protea Hotel expecting to attend a meeting but got a surprise as it was an open day with a show and tell team who were not as well rehearsed in all matters as they should have been. Unfortunately I got rather upset and lost the plot.

I was actualy so upset about some issues, and the lack of depth that the consultants showed that I began to shake. Fortunately I had some friends at this show, and they managed to calm me down, so that I could speak to some of the consultants and ask some questions which need to be addressed, without shouting and behaving like a lunatic.

The issue of tourism associated with the recreational beach users is not in their plan, and the fact that the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) wish to extend the marine protected area, and apply new limitations on resource extraction methods needs to be evaluated properly to ensure that it does not have a huge negative impact on tourism, like the closure of the recreational use areas of the Elephant Coast did.

The studies done back in 2002 by the same consultants Acer Africa need to be revisited, and questions asked as to the wetlands Park Authority’s response to these reports, and their inclusion in the EIA (Environmntal Impact Assesment).

The IWPA IMP Consultants need to be invited to the Mtubatuba IDP and they need to describe and implement the methodology that will be used to integrate the Mtubatuba IDP and the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) IMP (integrated Management Plan) so that they (the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) may comply with the world heritage Act (Act 49 of 1999) in terms of chapter iv section 22 in its entireity.

The Association of recreational beach users will need to do a lot of negotiating and arrange a huge ammount of pressure on the iSimangaliso Wetland Park to ensure the law is followed, and that the economic losses associated with the absence of the recreational beach users from the Elephant Coast recreational use areas is considered.

The figures are huge, with at least 200 000 overnight visits to the park, and about 400 000 day visits being lost due to the closure of recreational use areas to motor vehicle access.

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  1. […] controversy is about The iSimangaliso Wetlands Park Authority’s IMP. The question here is how much rights does public participation allow the public to participate and […]

  2. […] iSimangaliso Wetland Park IMP Public Participation Filed under: Uncategorized — Wil @ 11:34 am Posted on https://arbu4u.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/isimangaliso-wetland-park-imp/ […]

  3. Well it is now April 2011 and we still do not have a plan available. Question is shopuld we be making waves, or should we take this up with the Minister, as he has mandated the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority to produce an EMP (environmental managementb plan, as well as integrate the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) to produce and IMP (Integratedanagement plan)

    To the best of my knowledge the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) has not made these plans available to the public for thier consumption, and the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) has to date of this writing not dicussed these at the Mtubatuba IDP PRF (Integrated Development Plan Public Represntitaves Forum) as MANDATED in numerous pieces of legislation.

  4. Well time has moved on, but the IWPA IMP (iSimangaliso wetland Park Authority) (Integrated Management Plan) has gone backwards, and we are now in a worse position than ever before. there appears to be a wall of secrecy, and my correspondence to info@isimangaliso.com remains unanswered.

    What is the next step?

    LEGAL ACTION

    read here and register if you want to help. http://forafrica.co.za/forms/?p=128

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