Rhodes University (Enviro-Fish Africa) has been contracted by Eden District Municipality to facilitate the development of a Municipal Coastal Management Programme (CMP) in terms of Chapter 6 (Part 3) Section 48 of the Integrated Coastal Management Act (Act 24 of 2008). Essentially the CMP will become a policy directive for the management of the coastal zone within the jurisdiction of the Eden District Municipality and will aim to achieve the Vision via a host of coastal management objectives.

As a starting point, the following coastal management objectives will be addressed (in no particular order of importance:

• Tourism
• Infrastructure, spatial planning and development
• Biodiversity conservation/protection
• Water quality
• Institutional arrangements
• Compliance/Enforcement
• Education & awareness
• Disaster management
• Cultural & heritage resources
• Sustainable livelihoods

Each of these broad-based objectives will comprise a number of prioritised issues that will be dealt with through the implementation of Management Action Plans (MAPs). These MAPs will clearly define each issue, the applicable legislation, the mandate for action, timeframes, the requirements for implementation (manpower and where possible financial) and performance indicators.

These objectives will be amended after comments/input received from stakeholders during the course of the workshops. A

Workshops are to be held on:
April 12th – Melkhoutfontein Community Hall; Stilbaai (18h00)
April 13th – Witsand Community Hall (18h00)
Anyone who wishes to be a part of this process may register their details with Dr Aidan Wood (tagfish@telkomsa.net; 0828694939) or alternatively provide their details at the first series of workshops.

More details: Workshop Background and Details

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