2nd National Biodiversity Stewardship Conference
Biodiversity stewardship is an approach to entering into agreements with private and communal landowners to protect and manage land in biodiversity priority areas, led by conservation authorities in South Africa. It recognises landowners as the custodians of biodiversity on their land. Biodiversity stewardship is based on voluntary commitments from landowners, with a range of different types of Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements available to support conservation and sustainable resource use. Some types of Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements are formally declared as protected areas in terms of the Protected Areas Act, providing long-term security for the sites involved.
- To convene the National Biodiversity Stewardship community of practice through an annual conference
- To explore opportunities between Biodiversity Stewardship and the Biodiversity Economy
- To provide a platform for engagement on Biodiversity Stewardship, Land Reform and Community Conservation where they intersect
- To provide a platform to foster commitment to implementing the Land Reform and Biodiversity Stewardship
- To build partnerships to support protected area expansion through Biodiversity Stewardship.
- To provide a platform to build commitment towards financial sustainability of protected area expansion.
- To investigate opportunities for the implementation of Biodiversity Stewardship in land reform sites in the Gauteng Province (and the country at large).
- Strengthened partnerships for Biodiversity Stewardship implementation.
- Implementation opportunities between Biodiversity Stewardship and the Biodiversity Economy have been unlocked.
- Sustainable financing mechanisms for collaborative Biodiversity Stewardship implementation have been identified.
- Improved commitment of role players to key areas of Biodiversity Stewardship implementation secured.
- Strategic partnerships for governance, implementation and collaboration have been established.
- Guidelines to develop a formal strategy for the inclusion of land reform considerations into Biodiversity
- Stewardship implementation in Gauteng finalised.
- An action plan to implement the 2017 Biodiversity Stewardship Conference resolutions developed.
The 2nd National Biodiversity Stewardship Conference will be held on 9 - 11 October 2018 at Maropeng Boutique Hotel, Sterkfontein Caves, Gauteng. The theme for this year is Sustainable Land Use for Our Shared Future. The conference will be attended by the high level officials from the Department of Environmental Affairs, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DDGs, DGs and CDs), National Departments including Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, National Treasury, DBSA, SANParks, etc., Provincial Government: Conservation agencies and departments (HODs, CEOs and relevant officials), Local government: SALGA and municipalities with Land Reform and Biodiversity Stewardship priorities, Community beneficiaries, A selected group of conservation, land reform and rural development Non-Governmental Organizations, Social Development NGO’s working in land reform and rural development and academic institutions with key interest in land reform and conservation.