Forestry forms and documents

 

Forms

 

Woodlands and indigenous forest management, forestry regulation and oversight Form
   

Form 1: Application for registration of a fire protection association (FPA).

  1. Guideline: How an FPA applies for registration.
  2. Guideline for registering a fire protection association (FPA)
  3. Steps in registering a fire protection association (FPA) and its fire protection officer (FPO).
  4. Abbreviated guideline for assessing applications made in terms of form 1: application to register a fire protection association part 1.
  5. Guideline to assess form 1: application for registration of a fire protection association.
  6. Criteria that the minister may take into account in deciding whether or not to register a fire protection association.

Form 2: Application for registration of a fire protection association and application for the registration of its fire protection officer.

  1. Guideline to assess form 2: application for registration of a fire protection association and application for the registration of its fire protection officer.
  2. Steps in registering a fire protection association (FPA) and its fire protection officer (FPO)
  3. Criteria that the director-general (DG) may take into account in deciding whether to register a fire protection officer

Form 3: Notification of a change in the boundaries of a fire protection association

Form 4: Notification of a change in the membership of the executive committee of a fire protection association

Form 5: Notification of the appointment of a new fire protection officer

Application for a license regarding trees in natural forests

Application for a license regarding activities in state forest

Application for a license regarding protected trees

  1. Notes to assist with the correct completion of application forms with regard to protected trees

Nomination form for national champion trees (nomination for protection in terms of Section 12 of the National Forests Act for individual trees or groups of trees)

Fire protection association annual report template
   
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Strategic documents 

 

Woodlands and indigenous forest management

 

 

Urban greening strategy: a guideline for community forestry staff and discussion document for external stakeholders

Urban greening is an integrated approach to the planting, care and management of all vegetation in cities, towns, townships and informal settlements in urban and peri-urban areas. Urban greening in South Africa includes townships and informal settlements specifically because in the past these areas were disadvantaged in terms of planning for parks as well as tree planting in streets and open spaces.

 

 

 

A woodland strategy framework

The role of the Department in terms of woodlands have long been discussed and questioned. The National Forest Act and the White Paper on Sustainable Forest Development clearly indicate that woodlands are included in the national forestry policy. This document takes one step further in outlining what practically should be done to implement the policy in terms of woodlands. It provides broad outlines of programmes and functions that would be required and point out where woodlands should be incorporated into existing functions and programmes of the Department as well as where new functions should be established.

 

 

 

Systematic conservation planning for the forest biome of South Africa: Approach, methods and results of the selection of priority forests for conservation action.

This document has two broad goals: firstly, to present the principles, approach and results of a systematic conservation plan for the forest biome, and secondly, to provide the computer based information systems developed for indigenous forest conservation planning. This work has been commissioned by the UK Department for International Development on behalf of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. The target audience include forest scientists, managers, conservationists, regulators, and administrators involved with indigenous forests in South Africa. The aim of conservation planning is the selection of priority planning units for conservation action. In the narrow sense, this implies inclusion of those areas, identified by systematic planning as being highly irreplaceable, and essential for inclusion within a protected area network for achieving targets. In the broader sense, conservation action may include a range of different activities, both inside and out side of protected areas.

 

 

 

Forest management (FMU) level principles, criteria, indicators and standards

Natural forests must not be destroyed save in exceptional circumstances, where in the opinion of the Minister, a proposed new land use is preferable in terms of its economic, social or environmental benefits [NFA 3(3)(a)]. The participation of all interested and affected parties in environmental governance must be promoted and all people must have the opportunity to develop the understanding, skills and capacity necessary for achieving equitable and effective participation by vulnerable and disadvantaged persons must be ensured [NEMA 2(f)].

 

 

 

National level: Forest management (FMU) level principles, criteria, indicators and standards

Natural forests must not be destroyed save in exceptional circumstances, where in the opinion of the Minister, a proposed new land use is referable in terms of its economic, social or environmental benefits [NFA 3(3)(a)]. Forests must be developed and managed so as to promote the fair distribution of their economic, social, health and environmental benefits [NFA3 (3) c (iii)]. Forests must be developed and managed so as to advance persons or categories of persons disadvantaged by unfair discrimination [NFA 3 (3) c (vii)].

 

 

Small scale forestry

 

 

Agroforestry strategy framework for South Africa.

This strategy framework provides a summary of the literature review and policy review, followed by a summary of the key issues paper, highlighting key challenges for agroforestry development. The strategy framework provides a vision for agroforestry proposes a working definition of agroforestry for South Africa and defines key principles that should inform thinking when implementing the strategy. The strategy itself, which is made up of three themes: Creating the Enabling Environment, Knowledge Development and Putting Agroforestry into Practice. For each strategic theme there are a number of goals and for each goal, a set of objectives that are necessary for each goal to be achieved. Associated with the strategy is the implementation plan which provides detail on key actions and outputs from the strategy. Included in the implementation plan are indicators against which progress with implementing the strategy can be monitored.

 

 

 

Companion to the draft forest sector transformation charter: first draft for presentation to stakeholders​

The Forest Sector makes a major contribution to the South African economy. The commercial plantation resource of some 1.33 million hectares forms the basis for a well-developed, highly integrated and diversified forest products industry in South Africa. The fibre sub-sector is dominated by a small number of large, corporate enterprises that are involved in the capital-intensive pulp, paper and composite board industries. These industries are characterised by their backward linkages into plantation forestry, motivated by the need to secure reliable roundwood supply. These, together with a small number involved in saw milling, own 58.8% of the plantation forest resource. A larger number of medium and emerging enterprises is located in the sub-sectors of growers, forestry contractors, sawmilling, pole treatment, charcoal manufacturing and paper processing.

 

 

 

Draft strategy: Framework for forestry enterprise development​

The purpose of this paper is to present a draft FED strategy framework that sets out broad guidelines for FED support and identifies priority strategy themes to be developed further as a separate strategy initiatives. FED requires the active support of a number of role-players, ranging from land holding communities and small-scale entrepreneurs to private sector companies and different government agencies. Therefore the draft strategy presented in this paper is not intended to be a departmental strategy, but as a sector strategy in which the department plays a leading role. Obviously, such a strategy would need to be developed in consultation with the various role-players. This draft strategy framework, together with the companion Key Issues Paper on Forest Enterprise Development is presented as a first step by the department in developing an FED strategy.

 

 

 

Eastern Cape biodiversity conservation plan (ECBCP)

This Handbook contains a short description of how the ECBCP biodiversity priorities were identified, an explanation of the land use guidelines in the ECBCP, and userfriendly guidelines for using the electronic decision support system of the ECBCP. More information is available from the ECBCP Technical Report (Berliner, D. & Desmet, P. 2007). The ECBCP addresses the urgent need to identify and map critical biodiversity areas and priorities for conservation in the Province. It also provides land use planning guidelines, recommending biodiversity-friendly activities in priority areas. The ECBCP is intended for use by technical users and decision-makers in the spheres of planning, development and environment. Mapped information can be used both reactively and strategically to guide future development away from sensitive and priority biodiversity areas.

 

 

Forestry regulation and oversight

 

 

Methods and procedures for the selection of champion trees in  South Africa for protection in terms of the National Forests Act of 1998 (Act 84 of 1998)

This report deals with assigning special status to extraordinary single trees and groups of trees in South Africa, here referred to as ‘Champion’ trees. The report proposes an objective methodology for determining champion status. Biological attributes, age of tree and heritage significance are the key parameters for evaluating champion status. Legal provisions elsewhere are also a key consideration in the methodology. The report also spells out a process by which stakeholders can suggest certain trees that should be on the champion tree list (application process), as well as evaluation procedures for the technical review of the champion tree list.

 

 

 

State of forests report 

The purpose of this report is: to provide the public with information with which to assess progress in achieving SFM; to provide policy makers with a report as required under the NFA, Part 2, section 6(3); to report on forestry progress in translating the Manifesto, a solemn declaration by the government of its intentions and medium term strategic framework (MTSF), a framework to guide government’s programme in the electoral
mandate period into outcomes and; to recommend to policy makers certain proposals to create an enabling environment to help the Forestry branch to meet relevant outcomes as enshrined in government’s policy of a developmental state. 

 

 

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Research reports

 

Woodlands and indigenous forest management

 

 

Small scale forestry

 

Forestry regulation and oversight

 

Commercial forestry

 

Reports on project and programmes undetrtaken

 

Woodlands and indigenous forest management

 

 

Small scale forestry

 

Forestry regulation and oversight

 

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Presentations

 

Woodlands and indigenous forest management

 

Course module: Achieving sustainable forest management: The principles, criteria, indicators and standards – a framework. Presented by: Karen Kirkman, August 2005.

Module 1: Development and implementation. [PDF - 909.78 kb]
Module 2: defining principles, criteria and indicator standards. [PDF - 443.04 kb]
Module 3: Guidance for forest managers. [PDF - 729 kb]
Module 4: Operating procedures. [PDF - 631.76 kb]
Module 5: Auditing guidance and template. [PDF - 614.29 kb]
Module 6: Auditor training for second party audits. [PDF - 893.39 kb]

 

Small scale forestry

 

Forestry regulation and oversight

 

Posters and wallcharts

       
Abstract of  South African forestry facts
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Veldfire bulletin
• A special bulletin for anyone who is setting up or helping an fire protection association (FPA). It is available in English and Afrikaans, and has information and guidelines about a host of issues you need to know if you are starting or in an FPA.
November 2007: English.  April 2004: English
November 2003: 
» Afrikaans » English
September 2003: 
» Afrikaans; » English; » Northern SothoIsiZulu
Trees of the year: 2000 - 2020
• To help increase public awareness of just a few of the 2,000 indigenous tree species in South Africa, every Arbor Week celebration will highlight two specific trees; one common and one rare species. In the list below the more common tree is named first.
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Protected trees
• Tree species protected in terms of Section 12(d) of the National Forests Act No. 84 of 1998. Listed in an alphabetical order.
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Wall chart: Protected trees of South Africa
• In terms of the National Forests Act of 1998 certain tree species (types of trees) can be identified and declared as protected. Protective actions take place within the framework of the Act as well as national policy and guidelines. Trees are protected for a variety of reasons, and some species require strict protection while others require control over harvesting and utilisation.
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Champion trees of South Africa
• South Africa is blessed with a rich heritage of trees. The Champion Tree Project is aimed at identifying and protecting individual trees of national conservation importance under the National Forests Act of 1998. Trees can be nominated on the basis of their size, age, aesthetic value, cultural-historic value or importance for tourism.
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Legislation

 

Acts and regulations

 

White papers

 

Guidelines and policies

 

 

 

Gazetted notices

 

 

 

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