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Directions to Combat COVID-19 at Biodiversity Auctions Amended

March 10, 2021

Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

Directions to combat Covid-19 at biodiversity auctions have been amended.

The environment, forestry and fisheries department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 44246.

They were drawn up in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

The Directions were published in Gazette 43778 in October 2020 and sought to minimize the threat of spreading Covid-19 during the conducting of live biodiversity auctions involving plant or animal specimens.

Directions on biodiversity auctions published in May and June 2020 are repealed.

A new item (a) is inserted into subparagraph 4.4.

It stipulates that the “number of persons who attend a live biodiversity auction may not exceed the maximum number of persons prescribed in the Regulations as amended from time to time”.

Meanwhile, the department seeks comment on the Draft Revised National Biodiversity Framework 2019-2024.

The Draft Framework, published in Gazette 44229, was drawn up in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act.

The aim of the Draft Framework is to coordinate and align the efforts of all organizations and individuals involved in conserving and managing South Africa’s biodiversity in support of sustainable development.

The Draft Framework is described as a “short to medium-term coordination tool that shows the alignment between the strategic objectives and outcomes identified in the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP v.2, 2015) and other key national strategies, frameworks and systems that currently guide the work of the biodiversity sector, and identifies mechanisms through which this work is coordinated”.

A set of interventions are also identified that can unlock or fast-track implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.

Comment is invited within 60 days of the date of publication.