BIODIVERSITY PRIORITIES TO SUPPORT MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING
Kerry Sink, Prideel Majiedt, Stephen Holness, Mandy Lombard, Natasha Karenyi, Tsamaelo Malebu, Jean Harris, Tamsyn-Claire Livingstone, Ané Oosthuizen, Stephen Kirkman, Toufiek Samaai, Carl van der Lingen, Robin Leslie and many others

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, South African National Parks (SANParks), Department of Environmental Affairs, Oceans and Coast, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, University of Cape Town, Marine Research Institute, Department of Biological Sciences

 

Abstract
A national overview of systematic biodiversity plans for coastal and marine environments is presented including fine-scale plans for the west, south and east coast, the Offshore Marine Protected Area project outputs and new national analyses using products from the National Biodiversity Assessment 2011. These outputs were used to identify sites that meet the criteria for Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) through regional workshops held by the secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity. There are 15 sites that meet the EBSA criteria in South Africa and a brief overview of these will be provided. New developments in ecosystem classification and marine biodiversity targets will be highlighted and planned new spatial biodiversity outputs will be introduced.

 

 

Presentation Topic

BIODIVERSITY PRIORITIES TO SUPPORT MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING
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