Call for comments on the IPBES assessment of the sustainable use of wild species


introduction -the beginning    
Introduction / background
Puprose / objectives of this communication
Discussion documents
Submissions and enquiries 



Introduction and background


The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has released a High-Level Panel (HLP) report which contains 18 goals and 60 recommendations on matters related to the management, breeding, hunting, trade and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros. The DFFE and its partners are presently engaging with the intergovernmental consultation on the High Level Panel report and the draft policy response and intent on the conservation and ecologically sustainable use of these iconic species.

One of the recommendations of the HLP report is to have in place an overarching biodiversity conservation and sustainable use framework that would enhance the conservation and sustainable use of biological resources. Building on the momentum created by the HLP report and the draft policy position, the department would like to initiate a process to develop a white paper on biodiversity and sustainable use which involves the review and update of the 1997 draft White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biological Diversity. A workshop for stakeholders will be hosted mid- June (TBC) on co-creating a policy framework that encapsulates a shared vision of conservation and sustainable use for South Africa.  More information will be communicated in due course.


Purpose of communication: Call for comment on IPBES assessment of the sustainable use of wild species


In a parallel and complimentary process, South Africa has led and co-chaired the development of the IPBES assessment of the sustainable use of wild species, including the summary for policy makers. This draft assessment considers various approaches to the enhancement of the sustainability of the use of wild species and to strengthen related practices, measures, capacities and tools for their conservation through such use, taking into account the multiple worldviews and knowledge systems that operate within different socio-ecological contexts. The IPBES assessment is timeous, given the current focus in the country on sustainable use. 


Documents fo download 


It is important to note that the documents are not to be shared and distributed or quoted. The assessment is strictly confidential.

The documents are available upon request from:
Nanda Nzimande
E-mail: or

Vutivi Vukeya


Closing date for comments and enquiries


Please submit comments, using template provided, to the IPBES national focal point:
Dr K Naicker


The chapters of this assessment and the summary for policy makers are open for comment until 29 June 2021.