Govt tables coastal management plan

2014-05-30 17:06

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Cape Town - A new management plan to conserve and protect South Africa's coastline and estuaries was published for public comment on Friday.

The National Coastal Management Programme (NCMP) was developed out of the Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act.

"There is an ever-expanding demand for coastal resources and coastal space which results in multiple-use conflicts, making it necessary to adopt a co-ordinated or integrated approach to managing the coast," the environmental affairs department said in a statement.

The NCMP provided a template for managing the country's coastline, as well as a structured approach to engaging affected parties.

It identified nine key priorities for coastal management, and set out a series of national goals and management objectives.

The document could be viewed here.

Members of the public were invited to submit written comments within 30 days.

These could be hand-delivered to: The Deputy Director General, Department of Environmental Affairs, Branch: Oceans and Coasts, Attention: Mr Ryan Peter, East Pier Building 2, East Pier Road, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002.

Comments could also be posted to: The Deputy Director General: Environmental Programmes, Department of Environmental Affairs, Branch: Oceans and Coasts, Attention: Mr Ryan Peter, PO Box 52126, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002.

Or they could be e-mailed to:

Enquiries could be made to Makwarela Matshili on 021-819-2628.
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