The Department of Environmental Affairs to host the 6th People and Parks Conference in Umtata, Eastern Cape

03 September 2014


The Department of Environmental Affairs, will from 09 – 11 September 2014 host the 6th People and Parks Conference in Umtata, Eastern Cape.

The overall theme of the programme has been, “Conservation for the people with the people” and this year’s theme for the 6th conference is 10 years of inclusive parks management’.

The People and Parks conference was inspired by the IUCN World Parks Congress (IUCN-WPC) which set the global agenda for protected areas and emphasisedthe need to consider communities as key stakeholders in the management of parks.

The conference aims to profile the 10th year anniversary of the People and Parks programme since its inception in South Africa and the progress to date. The previous five conferences have been co-hosted with Mpumalanga (2004), Western Cape (2006), North West (2008), KwaZulu-Natal (2010) and Free State (2012). The conferences served as a platform to discuss common strategies, practical case studies, experiences, lessons and pitfalls.

The conference serves as a platform to highlight the importance of protected areas in South Africa by bringing together role players from different spheres of government, conservation authorities, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, traditional leaders and private and local communities.

Media is invited to attend.

Date:Tuesday - Thursday, 09 - 11 September 2014

Venue: Dan’s Country Lodge & Event Centre

            OR Tambo District Municipality

            N2 Highway Road to Durban about 22 km from Umtata town

            Eastern Cape

Time: 09h00

To RSVP please contact:

Ms Sipho Mawoko
Tel: 021 441 2788 on or

Ms Simangele Mabusela
Tel: 012 399 9987 or

For media queries, contact:

Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871