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Valuing the socio-economic contribution of fisheries and other marine uses in South Africa

Valuing the socio-economic contribution of fisheries and other marine uses in South Africa

August 2016

This study was undertaken as part of the Safeguard our Seabed project. It provides a broad assessment of the socio-economic value of South Africa‚Äôs fishing industry, and other sustainable marine uses, in the context of proposed marine phosphate mining. Further, it evaluates the potential risks and socio-economic impacts of marine phosphate mining in South Africa’s marine environment.

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Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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