Sunday, September 3, 2017
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority and Public Participation Process Meetings
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority ( IWPA ) is in place to manage the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park World Heritage site, South Africa's first world heritage site, which was renamed as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site after the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean acquired its own world heritage site, and there was confusion over which St. Lucia world heritage site was being discussed. The IWPA or iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority is mandated by the WHCA or World Heritage Convention act to manage the park for us as world citizens. We as local residents who live adjacent to and within the park, are supposed to benefit from the tourism associated with the park. Here Section 22 of the
act is very clear, and mandates the IWPA to integrate their management plan with all three tiers of
to down load your copy of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority's Integrated Management Plan click the link below.
This is however not the case, and the South African or DOMESTIC TOURISM MARKET is currently very under developed and not supported by the IWPA's attitude and plan, Where they want to push international tourism to the exclusion of domestic, regional and local tourism.
In the past (pre #4X4BAN ) this was the major tourism sector, with
international tourism making up just under 8 % of the total tourism volume. Today domestic tourism only makes up a small percentage of tourists visiting St. Lucia, with international tourism being the dominant sector, and a very large percentage of these tourists spending less than 4 hours in St. Lucia, only stopping over long enough to do the estuary boat cruise. The only beneficiaries of this bulk based international sausage machine tourism is the IWPA and the boat owners. Many of the INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS doing these boat trips do not even stop over for coffee in our area.
These issues are not discussed at the #IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) #IMPPPPM (Integrated Management Plan, Public Participation Process Meetings) and there is no clear future plan discussed with the communities of #DUKUDUKUSOUTH, #KHULAVILLAGE and the domestic fishing tourist, showing how and where the local communities surrounding the park, are meant to become involved and do their part so that they may get their share of the income generated by the parks actions, in-actions, events management and community development levies.
This is in gross violation of the original ROD taken to implement 4x4 ban found here where section A clause 6 and section B clause 6 as well as section C clause 6, discusses a particular reporting issue that needs to be discussed and integrated into the Mtubatuba local municipalities IDP STRUCTURES and other statuary mandated planing process such as the Estuary Management Plans mandated by the Integrated Coastal Management Act
the WHCA or World Heritage convention act, in section 22 discusses these issues again, where the IWPA is mandated to integrate their development plans with all three tiers of government. this must how ever be re3ad in conjunction with section 13 of this same act....
I am in the process of finding support to push this issue hard at the upcoming Mtubatuba local Municipality Integrated Development Plan, as is mandated in the MUNICIPAL SYSTEMS ACT and associated legislation. The economic losses associated with the VERY POOR MANAGEMENT by the IWPA need to be accounted for and amendments to plans need to be justified or explained.
Occasional Paper 20 by KZN Tourism discuuses the economic impacts of the 4x4 ban, showing massive joblosses exceeding 20 000 folks as a knock on impact od the 4x4 ban
more coming soon #FRANKIE2SOCKS