South African National Parks (SANParks) begins the review of its Garden Route National Park (GRNP) management plan next week. This is the first phase of the revision to develop the ‘desired state’ of the GRNP. The ‘Desired State’ sets out the strategic direction for the park and consists of a mission and high level objectives to help achieve the mission. These are informed by the stakeholders to join this exciting journey of co-creating the ‘Desired State’ or dream for the GRNP.
A National Park management plan encourages a shared vision of managing for both current and future generations. The objective of a management plan is to ensure the protection, conservation and management of the protected area concerned in a manner consistent with the objectives of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act (NEM: PAA).
In line with the organisation’s mission of ‘connecting society’, SANParks invites all interested and affected stakeholders and organisations to join workshops to articulate the “Desired State” of the Garden Route National Park. A series of three workshops will be held across the Garden Route to engage with stakeholders from various sectors starting in Tsitsikamma next Monday, the 09th April 2018 then to Knysna on the 10th and Wilderness on the 11th April 2018. Workshops will start at 9h00 sharp, with participants requested to arrive from 8h30 to register and will end by 17h00.
There are additional focus group meetings planned during the 2018/2019 Financial Year to discuss specific components of the plan that will be produced as well as several, open, public meetings to provide feedback on the draft plan early in 2019. All members of the public, organizations, stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to register on the SANParks website: https://www.sanparks.org/conservation/park_man/forms/reg_form.php
This will assist the project team to keep in touch with all the registered stakeholders regarding future meetings, announcements and feedback.
Boilerplate: The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is a mosaic of landscapes and seascapes, a haven for birds and animals. It is approximately 175 000 hectares including indigenous forests, lakes, rivers, wetlands and the sea.
The Garden Route National Park consists of the previously proclaimed Tsitsikamma and Wilderness National Parks; the Knysna Lakes Area; as well as the Indigenous Forest and fynbos areas previously managed by the Department of Forestry.