UNAUTHORISED DEVELOPMENT IN A WORLD HERITAGE SITE: A STUDY OF THE TOOLS TO COMBAT THE THREAT
Kevin Pretorius
Pretorius & Associates

 

Abstract:

In 1999, the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, now called the iSimangaliso Wetland Park was inscribed onto the World Heritage list.iSimangaliso is listed as a World Heritage Site under the following criteria:
 Ecological and biological processes;
 Superlative natural phenomena;
 Biological diversity and threatened species.
One of the early challenges the Management Authority of the World Heritage Site had to face and deal with decisively, was unauthorized development within the Park in that people from outside the Park had started, without authorization, developing commercial lodges and holiday homes inside the World Heritage Site in so-called partnerships with local community members, living legitimately inside the Park.This unauthorized development would endanger the criteria according to which iSimangaliso was listed by UNESCO and derail the legal process to economically empower the communities living inside and on the boundaries of the Park. An enforcement process was developed and followed, which included the use of administrative, civil, and criminal law tools to rid this World Heritage Site of these developments. This is a success story which needs to be shared.

 

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UNAUTHORISED DEVELOPMENT IN A WORLD HERITAGE SITE: A STUDY OF THE TOOLS TO COMBAT THE THREAT
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