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The vision projects an integrated and holistic management system for the environment aimed at achieving sustainable development now and in the future. The 7 goals of this policy include:

Establishment of an effective institutional and legislative framework

Promotion of sustainable resource use and impact management

Development of mechanisms to ensure that environmental considerations are effectively integrated into existing and new government policies, legislation and programmes.

Establishment of mechanisms and processes for effective public participation in environmental governance

Promotion of environmental literacy, education and empowerment

Development and maintenance of an information management system to provide accessible information that will support effective environmental management

Development of mechanisms to deal effectively, and in the national interest, with international issues and obligations in respect of environmental management

8.2.1.4

North West Parks and Tourism Act (Act    of 19 )

The purpose of the North West Nature Conservation Act is to control and manage activities related to the management of formally Protected Areas and the promotion and development of tourism in the Province.  The act is administered by the North West Parks and Tourism Board.

8.2.1.4.1

White Paper on Integrated Pollution and Waste Management for South Africa (May 2000)

The White Paper on Integrated Pollution and Waste Management (IPWM) sets out the government’s vision and strategic goals for integrated pollution and waste management in South Africa. The vision of the policy is to: “Develop, implement and maintain an integrated pollution and waste management system which contributes to sustainable development and a measurable improvement in the quality of life, by harnessing the energy and commitment of all south Africans for the effective prevention, minimisation and control of pollution and waste”.

The 7 strategic goals include:

The establishment of an effective institutional framework and legislation

Mechanisms to promote holistic and integrated pollution and waste management

Mechanisms to ensure holistic and integrated planning approaches and processes t

Mechanisms to ensure effective public participation in integrated pollution and waste management governance

Education and empowerment of South Africa’s people to achieve integrated pollution and waste management

Mechanisms to effectively deal with international issues affecting pollution and waste, in the national interest

The development of databases and information management systems

The approach of the IPWM is to prevent pollution, minimise waste and to control and remedy impacts. It is intended that the management of waste be implemented in a holistic and integrated manner, extending over the entire waste cycle, from “cradle to grave”, including the generation, storage, collection, transportation, treatment and final disposal of waste.

8.2.1.4.2

White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biological Diversity (July 1997)

The White Paper identifies a number of strategies to be developed to give effect to the specific policies.  The actions required range from enhancing the protected area network to the development of specific strategies such as one on the conservation and sustainable use of reptiles and amphibians. The vision of this White Paper is “A prosperous, environmentally conscious nation, whose people are in harmonious co-existence with the natural environment, and which derives lasting benefits from the conservation and sustainable use of its rich biological diversity”.

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