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Draft Marine Spatial Planning Bill Heading for Parliament

March 31, 2017

Department of Environmental Affairs

The Draft Marine Spatial Planning Bill will be tabled in Parliament soon.

The department of environmental affairs has made its intention known to introduce the draft bill in the National Assembly shortly.

The explanatory summary of the draft bill is published in accordance with the Rules of the National Assembly.

According to Notice 274 in Government Gazette 40726, the draft bill seeks to create a marine spatial planning system that promotes economic growth and is facilitated by coordinated planning across multiple sectors.

It also aims to facilitate good ocean governance and give effect to South Africa’s international obligations in South African waters.

The draft bill applies to South Africa’s territorial waters, the Exclusive Economic Zone, extended continental shelf claim, the territorial waters, and extended continental shelf around the Prince Edward Islands.

It flows from Operation Phakisa for the Ocean Economy initiated in 2014.

The draft bill is available for download on the department’s website.

It was published for comment in March 2016.