This project aims to improve the transparency, compliance, monitoring, enforcement and effectiveness of South Africa’s biodiversity, conservation and welfare laws relating to wild animals to help protect ecosystems and species for the benefit of current and future generations.
We do this through:
- legal representation and litigation, including amici curiae interventions and assistance with the institution of the criminal prosecution of offenders who violate our laws;
- reviewing the legal and practical regulation of the welfare of wild animals in SA, with a view to making recommendations for reform;
- tracking the application of biodiversity, conservation and welfare laws relating to wild animals, in particular the transparency and proper implementation of the Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) permit system; and
- generally working to improve compliance with biodiversity laws.
In this project we work closely with other civil society organisations with similar objectives, in particular the Endangered Wildlife Trust and the Wilderness Foundation.
Looking ahead, the Centre is also increasingly responding to the impacts of a now inevitably and irreversibly warmer planet due to climate change, and what this means for South Africa’s biodiversity and iconic wild animals. This includes protecting ecosystems and habitats that our wild animals need to survive.