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Marine Spatial Planning Framework

26 May 2017

The National Marine Spatial Planning Framework for South Africa was published for implementation on 26 May 2017.

This framework is the national guide for Marine Spatial Planning in South Africa’s ocean territory. It provides high-level direction for undertaking Marine Spatial Planning in the context of the South African legislation and policies as well as existing planning regimes. It describes the process for the preparation of Marine Area plans and their implementation, in order to ensure consistency in Marine Spatial Planning across the South African ocean territory

Download the Draft Marine Spatial Planning Framework published for comment on 19 August 2016

See also the Draft Marine Spatial Planning Bill, 2016

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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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