TYPES OF STEWARDSHIP

THE PROTECTED AREA NETWORK

These are different categories of stewardship, which afford different levels of conservation protection. Stewardship usually takes the form of voluntary, negotiated partnership between private landowners or communal land entities and the government conservation agency.

A number of different forms of stewardship arrangements are reflected in the Magaliesberg Biosphere zonation.

The Convention on Biological Diversity  saw the drafting of  the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for the 2011-2020 period. These aim to ensure at least 17 percent of terrestrial and inland water, and 10 percent of coastal and marine areas are conserved through Protected Area (PA) agreements. 

“ Most of South Africa’s biodiversity is found on private land. That’s why it’s vital to work with private landowners, many who farm for a living, to encourage greater buy-in to conserve our natural world.” and contribute to the expansion of protected areas and South Africa’s achievement of protected area targets. Stewardship is thus an important mechanism in South Africa’s National Protected Area Expansion Strategy.

CRADLE OF HUMANKIND WHS

One of the core zones in the biosphere, the COH is legislated under the NEMPAA and the international World Heritage Convention.

MAGALIESBERG PROTECTED ENVIRONMENT

Together with the WHS, the Magaliesberg Protected Environment resulted in the declaration of a formal protected area under the National Environmental Management Protected Areas Act, 2003. The process began in the 1960s and secured by 1977 when the  Magaliesberg Protection Association (MPA) was instrumental in having the Magaliesberg declared a “Natural Area.”

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