Legislation and Policy Framework
National Conservation Legislation Documents
National Conservation Legislation Document Dowloads
|Animals Protection Act||46.96 KB||2012-05-17|
|Game Theft Act Regulation||14.69 KB||2012-05-17|
|Indian Ocean - South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding||621.61 KB||2015-04-23|
|NEMBA - Invasive Species Lists 29 July 2016||830.82 KB||2016-08-12|
|NEMBA-Management Plan for Cape Mountain Zebra - March 2018||5.19 MB||2018-03-19|
|NEMBA-Marking of Rhino and Rhino Horn for Trophy Hunting||4.54 MB||2018-09-25|
|NEMLA Comprehensive version 24 July 2013||512.21 KB||2013-07-29|
|Performing Animals Protection Act||30.05 KB||2012-05-17|
|White Paper on Evironment||2.39 MB||2013-11-25|
Provincial Conservation Legislation Documents
Provincial Conservation Legislation Document Dowloads
|Eastern Cape Ordinance, 191974, P.N.955.1975||3.23 MB||2014-04-29|
|Free State Nature Conservation Ordinance||113.61 KB||2014-04-29|
|Gauteng Nature Conservation Ordinance 12 of 1983||312.38 KB||2014-04-29|
|KwaZuluNatal Nature Conservation Ordinance 15 of 1974||1.46 MB||2014-04-29|
|Limpopo Ordinance||474.56 KB||2014-04-29|
|Mpumalanga Nature Conservation Act||289.47 KB||2014-04-29|
|Nature Conservation Ordinance North West||247.77 KB||2015-04-23|
|Northern Cape Natutre Conservation Act 9 of 2009||2.81 MB||2014-04-29|
|Western Cape Nature-Conservation-Ordinance||203.79 KB||2015-04-23|
In compliance with signed international conservation treaties and agreements as well as national legislation, the Government has a responsibility to ensure conservation and sustainable utilisation of South Africa’s biodiversity resources. As part of this responsibility, the Scientific Authority of South Africa, appointed in terms of the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act, must make a non-detriment finding (NDF) to confirm that the trade, including export of CITES I listed species (such as leopard), will not impact negatively on the survival of that species in the wild.Read more...
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) recently added twelve wildlife species to the list of tame and domesticated animals regulated under its Animal Improvement Act (No. 62 of 1998). This amendment will allow genetic manipulation and cross-breeding of wildlife in the same way that cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and poultry are bred to obtain animals with specific characteristics for agricultural purposes.Read more...
Opening Address by President Jacob Zuma, at the Opening of the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa
24 September 2016
Good morning to all and Welcome to South Africa!
I am honoured to welcome you to our shores as you gather this week, to discuss very important issues pertaining to the regulation of international trade in wildlife.
The CITES is an important agreement between governments as it regulates international trade in wild fauna and flora.
It is critical for governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Regulations must ensure that trade of Rhinos for example, or wild ginger is in a way that ensures that future generations continue to benefit from them, and that they do not become extinct.Read more...
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. South Africa hosted the 17th international conference of parties (COP17) in Johannesburg at the International Convention Centre from 24 September to 5 October this year. It was the largest gathering of CITES in its 43 year history with the participation of 152 governments and more than 3,500 people. Over 500 species were affected by decisions taken on 62 proposals that various member states tabled at COP17.Read more...
SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association studied the progress reported in respect of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros, as well as the proposed legislative changes by DEA with regard to rhino horn trade for personal purposes. This most certainly is a very complex matter, making it difficult to anticipate all potential outcomes of options available to government and the private sector to secure the continued existence of rhino as species for future generations.