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Use of Vehicles in Coastal Area Regulations Under the Spotlight

July 28, 2021

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Powers in terms of the Control of Use of Vehicles in the Coastal Area Regulations have been delegated to South African National Parks.

The forestry, fisheries and the environment department announced the delegation in Government Gazette 44881 in terms of the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act.

The powers have also been delegated to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority.

The delegation refers to Regulation 4 on the issuing of permits; Regulation 5 on power to require an assessment of potential impacts; Regulation 6 on consideration of applications and Regulation 8 on suspension, amendment and cancellation of permits.

According to the department, the delegation also includes the power to sub-delegate.

Meanwhile, the forestry, fisheries and the environment minister, Barbara Creecy, has indicated that South Africa “envisages an outcome at COP 26 on adaptation that will enable practical progress, including launching a formal programme of work on the operationalization of the Global Goal on Adaptation”.

Speaking at the July Ministerial Climate Change Meeting in London, the minister added that, in order to deal with adverse impacts arising from climate change, focus should be “placed on the most vulnerable people and communities; the health and well-being; food and water security; infrastructure and the built environment; and ecosystems and ecosystem services, particularly in Africa, SIDs and LDCs”.

The minister also called on the Secretariat to compile a synthesis report of Parties long-term strategies from time to time.