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Parliament Passes Marine Spatial Planning Bill

December 7, 2018

Department of Environmental Affairs

Parliament has passed the Marine Spatial Planning Bill and sent it for assent.

The bill was tabled in parliament in April 2017.

It was published for comment in March 2016.

The bill’s explanatory summary was published at the end of March 2017.

According to the explanatory summary, the 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 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 also aims to provide for the development and implementation of marine spatial plans and governance of the use of the ocean by multiple sectors.

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