Rhino Kruger National Park

Members of the public have been invited to comment on the revised Black and White Rhino Biodiversity Management Plan. Photo: Flickr

Government asks for public comment on rhino management plan

Members of the public have been invited to comment on the revised Black and White Rhino Biodiversity Management Plan.

Rhino Kruger National Park

Members of the public have been invited to comment on the revised Black and White Rhino Biodiversity Management Plan. Photo: Flickr

Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Barbara Creecy has published a notification in the Government Gazette on the revised Biodiversity Management Plan for Black and White Rhino in South Africa.

“The Black and White Rhino Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) aims to provide a strategic approach and detailed action plan to conserve rhino in South Africa; and for engaging with the relevant range States.

“The revision of the BMP consolidates previous work done at policy and planning level on rhino management into a single integrated tool in order to usher in a whole-of-society approach in the interest of both the rhinos and the people of South Africa,” the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment said.

Submit written representations or objections

The notice was published in the Government Gazette in terms of section 46 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004), for public comment.

Members of the public are invited to submit written representations on or objection on the revised Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP), within 30 days from the date of publication of the notice in the Gazette or in the newspaper, whichever date is the last, to the following addresses:

By post to: The Director General: Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Attention: Ms Humbulani Mafumo

Private Bag X447

Pretoria

0001

By hand at: Environment House, 473 Steve Biko Road, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083.

By email: conservationmanagement@dffe.gov.za 

Good and bad rhino news

Meanwhile, in some GOOD rhino news, as reported by The South African website, dozens of rhino have been released to the wild in South Africa in a first step of an initiative to free 2 000 into conservancies across the continent, the NGO African Parks said.

The southern white rhino was hunted to near extinction in the late 19th century, but gradually recovered after decades of protection and breeding efforts.

The “ambitious plan to rewild 2 000 southern white rhino into secure protected areas” will happen over the next 10 years, the Johannesburg-based NGO said.

Sadly, in some BAD rhino news, poaching is still rife in the Kruger National Park.

This week, two incidents in South Africa’s most famous park in a space of five days once again highlighted the dangerous conditions rangers operate under.

Read more HERE.