Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001, Environment House, 473 Steve Biko Road, Pretoria, 0002 Tel: +27 12 399 9000, Fax: + 27 86 625 1042
Dear Valued Stakeholder
CONSULTATION ON THE DRAFT WHITE PAPER ON THE CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S BIODIVERSITY 2022 AND THE DRAFT GAME MEAT STRATEGY FOR SOUTH AFRICA
The above subject matter refers.
As you may be aware, the Department has published two important documents on government gazette for public comments, this include:
- A notice inviting public to submit written comments on the Draft White Paper 2022 published in the Government Gazette 46687 (Notice No. 2252) on 8 July 2022 for 60 days.
- A notice inviting public to submit written comments on the Draft Game Meat Strategy for South Africa published in the Government Gazette 47024 (Notice No. 2293) on the 18 July 2022 for 30 days.
The Department has lined-up various physical workshops in all provinces to gather inputs on the above-mentioned documents. The expected participants to these workshops are stakeholders from government, private sector (e.g Game Farmers, SMMEs), academia, civil society, traditional/ local communities, traditional authorities, traditional healers, etc. You are therefore humbly invited to attend a face-to-face consultation workshop scheduled as follows:
Date: 23 August 2022
Location: Phillip Sanders Resort
Time: 10.00 – 16.00
For your noting, the High-Level Panel Report (“HLP Report”) on the review of policies, legislation and practices on matters related to the management, breeding, hunting, trade and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros, that was approved by Cabinet and released to the public in April 2021, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has undertaken to implement the
Report which comprises 18 goals and 60 recommendations. One of the key recommendations made in the HLP Report was the development of an overarching national policy on biodiversity that provides a clear vision and objectives on South Africa’s approach to conservation and sustainable use of the country’s biodiversity.
In this regard, a draft White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biodiversity 2022 (draft White Paper 2022) has been developed which is based on key foundations of policy and practice that draws directly from the Constitution 1996, African traditions associated with Nature, environmental management principles, the HLP Report principles, the Draft White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biological Diversity, 1997 and the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for policy development that was published in December 2020.