THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANNUAL PLANS OF OPERATION FOR BIODIVERSITY STEWARDSHIP SITES
Tamara Hiltunen and Greg Martindale
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

 

Abstract:
All Protected Areas must have a management plan, prepared in terms of Sections 39 to 41 of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act (Act No 57 of 2003). This also applies to all Protected Areas proclaimed through the Biodiversity Stewardship Programme. Monitoring and evaluation of the management plan is required to determine if it is being effectively implemented.The monitoring must focus on the management authority’s annual compliance with the overall objectives of the management plan. This is closely linked to the evaluation of the management effectiveness of these Protected Areas. There are many Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) tools that have been developed around the world to measure management effectiveness in Protected Areas. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife utilises a variation of the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) developed by the World Bank/WWF Forest Alliance and the GEF (Global Environment Facility). With respect to Stewardship Sites these tools have not been utilised, however a National Biodiversity Stewardship Site Management Effectiveness Assessment Tool is in the early stages of development. On an annual basis, an advisory forum is held for each proclaimed Biodiversity Stewardship Site in KwaZulu-Natal with the landowner, Ezemvelo District Conservation staff, ecologists and experts from other government departments and conservation NGOs. The Annual Plan of Operation (APO), which is derived from an operational framework of the management plan, is evaluated in terms of the progress made in achieving the targets set for the previous/current year, while setting goals for the next year. These APOs are in the form of minutes which then form a record of the management authorities’ implementation and compliance with the management plan. This is an effective way of ensuring the management effectiveness of Biodiversity Stewardship Sites without over-burdening landowners who are not biodiversity conservation management experts.

 

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANNUAL PLANS OF OPERATION FOR BIODIVERSITY STEWARDSHIP SITES
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