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National Wetland Policy: South Africa

  • John A. Dini
  • Mark Everard
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Abstract

Recognising the scarcity, value and threatened status of its wetlands, South Africa has focused much energy on wetlands at the level of national policy in the last four decades. At the international level, South Africa was a founding member of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The country opted not to develop a stand-alone wetland policy, but to incorporate objectives relating to wetland conservation and wise use into relevant sectoral policies, including those covering environment, agriculture, biodiversity, and water. Some of the tools to support the implementation of wetland-related policy are discussed, together with ongoing challenges.

Keywords

National wetland policy South Africa Ramsar convention on wetlands Mainstreaming 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.South African National Biodiversity InstitutePretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.International Water Security Network, University of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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