On the 31st of May 2004 President Thabo Mbeki signed the Biodiversity Bill. The Biodiversity Act provides for the management and conservation of South Africa's biodiversity, through biodiversity planning and monitoring, the protection of threatened ecosystems and species, the control and management of alien and invasive species, the regulation of bioprospecting, fair and equitable benefit-sharing and the regulation of permits. The Act allows for the establishment of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).
The purpose of the Biodiversity Programmes, Policy and Planning Directorate is to ensure that SANBI:
Key Focus areasThe directorate has a number of key focus areas including:
These focus areas are addressed through the various activities of the directorate, which fall under: biodiversity planning, bioregional planning, mainstreaming biodiversity and biodiversity data management.
Mainstreaming biodiversity priorities in multiple sectors
SANBI hosted a workshop in September 2004 on mainstreaming biodiversity in production landscapes. Tthe aim of this workshop is to reach a consensus on the definition and principles for mainstreaming. Mainstreaming involves the incorporation of explicit biodiversty priorities into the policies, decisions and actions of the organisations involved, to achieve conservation targets for living landscapes.
SANBI serves on the steering committee for the South African Mining and Biodiversity Dialogue and the IUCN's Working Group on Extractive Industries and Biodiversity. The aim of the South African Mining and Biodiversity Dialogue is to improve the performance of the mining sector in terms of biodiversity management.
Biodiversity Information Management
SANBI has started a process to develop a biodiversity information management system, which is required in terms of the Biodiversity Act. This will involve:
Directorate: Biodiversity Programmes, Policy and Planning
Threatened Species Programme
Bioregional Programmes Co-ordination Unit (Eastern Cape)
Conservation Planning Unit
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