HCM adopts coastal management plan

2016-05-05 06:00

AT a council meeting on Tuesday, the Hibiscus Coast Municipality Coastal Management Plan was approved.

This was subsequent to public consultation, which sought to filter the information to relevant structures with the view of obtaining the by-in of stakeholders.

“In approving this plan, Hibiscus Coast Municipality is of the view that this will facilitate a co-ordinated, collaborative and participatory management of the municipality’s coastal zone,” said HCM Mayor Cllr Nomusa Mqwebu.

Mqwebu said through this plan, HCM also intends to facilitate the improvement of institutional structures and capacity to respond to existing environmental management gaps and define roles and responsibilities as outlined in the National Environmental Management Act: Integrated Coastal Management Act, of 2008.

“The ultimate purpose of the programme is to ensure that the coastal zone is sustainably managed so that existing and potential harmful effects are minimised, and access to this precious resource is enabled for all citizens of South Africa and the Hibiscus Coast,” she said.

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