South Africa's commitment to ensuring the protection of its black and white rhino populations is clear from the partnerships that have been built over the years and the resulting collaboration to conserve the species, says Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, Mrs. Barbara.
eerie As the world comes together to mark World Rhino Day, South Africa recognizes that despite pressures from rhino poaching, habitat loss and vulnerability to the effects of climate change, the country remains the state of the largest and potentially influential rhino range in the world.
The High Level Panel report has noted that the proportion of rhinos on private land has increased from around 30% in 2012 to around 60% today, complemented by successes against poaching.
The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment has recognized the significant progress made in safety, biological management and responsive legislation with some critical milestones remaining, most notably in community empowerment, demand management and Cabinet approval of the National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking.
Therefore, we are entrusted with a great responsibility that requires all hands on deck.
In terms of the country's overall rhino conservation plan, the private sector is playing an increasingly important role in South Africa and the rest of Africa.
Currently, the private sector is keeping around 60% of South Africa's national herd.
For this reason, the government assumes the construction of alliances and relationships of great importance in the conservation of this iconic species.
The Department, in cooperation with provincial conservation authorities, SANParks, private rhino owners and SAPS, has focused on a more proactive and integrated approach that builds on existing initiatives and blurs the distinction made between national, provincial and private parks by time the situation escalates.
knowledge and information exchange.
Joint investigation teams are working on focused investigations with the support of the Environmental Enforcement Fusion Center (EEFC), ensuring the consolidation of information at the national level and the ability to provide analysis support, not only at the tactical level but also to the teams.
The goal is to strengthen our capacity, not only at the tactical level to prevent and combat poaching, but also our ability to disrupt activities throughout the value chain with a focus on integrated intelligence-driven investigations, including financial aspects.
Over the past year, anti-poaching and conservation efforts have intensified across the country as a joint effort by state conservation areas, government, and private landowners to reduce poaching.
rhinos in South Africa.
A more targeted deployment of resources is being implemented through the deployment of the CMORE situational awareness platform to integrated wildlife areas.
Through this single technology platform, all actors can collaborate, making use of real-time insights and analytical capabilities, linking, for example, camera traps and ranger patrols while integrating a range of other systems.
Information collected and communication flows through the Environmental Enforcement Fusion Center (EEFC) continue to support teams at both the tactical and strategic levels in the public and private sectors.
Our analytical capabilities have also improved, resulting in a greater ability to identify individuals involved in rhino poaching and trafficking and improved and expanded investigations by multi-disciplinary teams.
From a biological management standpoint, the department, in collaboration with the Rhino Management Group and all relevant stakeholders, is in the process of reviewing White Rhino Biodiversity Management Plans (BMPs).
and black, respectively.
Another important measure of recent success in managing the rhino metapopulation has been the successful translocation of 27 rhinos from South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique.
This historic and pioneering reconstruction initiative is the result of a partnership between the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) of Mozambique, the Peace Parks Foundation and Exxaro Resources, in collaboration with the governments of South Africa and Mozambique.
Mozambique and South Africa.
Working on a two- to three-year timeline, the project is already well on its way to relocating more than 40 rhinos in Mozambique in a series of highly coordinated and carefully managed rebuilding operations.
The first 20 white rhinos and seven black rhinos introduced to Zinave earlier this year are thriving.
The Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms. Barbara Creecy, published a notice in the Official Gazette on Friday 22nd July 2022 inviting the public to comment on the draft Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) for the penguin African.
The public is invited to provide comments on the draft revision of the African Penguin BMP for continuation of ongoing and modified actions and consideration of new actions that aim to address emerging threats. Actions and threats include improving, where possible, access to available food for African penguins, population modeling to assess multiple threats to African penguins, reviewing implementation and monitoring of predation management, threats in the sea, human-induced stress and mitigation intervention in management processes implemented for ship-to-ship bunkering, among others.
The Biodiversity Management Plan for the African Penguin was first published in 2013 due to the rapid decline of the species in the 20th century. The African penguin is the only extant penguin in Africa and is endemic to both Namibia and South Africa. This once most abundant South African seabird suffered a massive decline from over a million pairs in the 1920s to a current population of just over 10,400 pairs in 2021. It is currently listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and under the Endangered or Protected Marine Species (TOPMS) Regulations published under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEM:BA).
The objective of the 2013 African Penguin BMP was to “halt population decline of African penguins in South Africa within two years of implementation of the management plan and subsequently achieve population growth that results in from the list of species in terms of their status on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species”.
The implementation of the African Penguin BMP actions was a cooperative effort with the managing authorities managing the African penguin breeding colonies, the fisheries sector, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), as well as several non-governmental organizations. , academic and research institutions. Despite the successful implementation of many of the actions listed in the plan, this was not achieved and African penguin populations have continued to decline, albeit at a slower rate.
Members of the public are invited to submit their comments, within 30 calendar days from July 22, 2022. All representations and comments must be submitted, in writing, using one of the following methods:
By mail to:
The Deputy Director General: Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment of Oceans and Coasts, Private Bag X4390, Cape Town, 8001
Attention: Ms. Millicent M Makoala
The Deputy Director General: Oceans and Coasts, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, 1 East Pier Building, East Pier Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town,
Attention: Ms. Millicent M Makoala
Email: email@example.com(link sends email)
To access the Gazette, click on the following link: https://dffe.gov.za
Mr. Mike Dada, President of All African Music Awards (AFRIMA) and Ms. Banke Lawal, Founder of BMPro Makeup Group, have emerged as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the creative and cultural committee of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) .
Ms. Bisi Adeyemi, president of the NBCC, in a statement on Friday in Lagos, said the appointment is effective immediately.
Adeyemi said the chamber, with a mandate to explore opportunities in the Nigerian business world and economy, recently launched the creative and cultural group.
She said the group was launched to help harness the economic potential of Nigeria's creative industry.
Adeyemi said that the terms of reference for the creative and cultural sector group include fostering and creating a platform for collaboration among group members and fostering the growth of member organizations.
He added that the group took it upon itself to organize programs and events to showcase the diversity and strength of the creative sector and, in this regard, organize an annual "NBCC Creatives and Culture Day."
“Others include reviewing the impact of government policies on the sector and working with the advocacy committee to engage policymakers and brief members as appropriate, preparing position papers to support the chamber's interface with advocacy organizations.
public and private sector.
"I hope you will accept this responsibility, as it would provide the House with an opportunity to benefit from your wealth of experience, which I hope you will make available through your regular attendance at committee meetings," he said.
Adeyemi revealed that other members of the committee include; Mrs.
Atinuke Olashore of PJK Nigeria Ltd., Mr. Olafemi Olaniyan of Collageo Communications Ltd and Mr. Joseph Edgar, Duke of Shomolu.
Other members are Mr. Mathew Adigolo of Pureview Photography, Ms. Bisi Sotunde of Busy Bee Events, and Ms. Kiki Okewale of KO by Kikiokewale.
Dada, in his acceptance remarks, said that he and other members of the group are determined to fulfill the committee's mandate for the benefit of the two great countries, Nigeria and Britain.
He stated that the cultural and creative industry was capable of creating a considerable number of jobs, reducing poverty and bringing about peace if properly harnessed.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that Dada is a lawyer, a chartered public relations and marketing professional, as well as managing director of the group, Octopus Group Africa.
The NBCC is Nigeria's foremost bilateral chamber for promoting trade and investment between Nigeria and Britain since its inception in 1977.