DRAFT NORMS & STANDARDS ARE GUIDELINES RATHER THAN LEGISLATION

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) has finalised draft norms and standards for the management of damage-causing animals in South Africa (DCA N&S), for implementation. These norms and standards have been developed in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004) (NEMBA). The minister responsible for the environment may set indicators to measure compliance with the provisions of any norms and standards developed in terms of NEMBA.

However, due to the fact that species such as black-backed jackal and caracal, and methods per se, are not regulated through NEMBA and the Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) Regulations, it is not be possible to implement and enforce the provisions of the DCA N&S in a uniform manner. It is for this reason that it was decided at an inter-provincial meeting, that the DCA N&S would be implemented as voluntary guidelines, and not as legislation.

The DEFF will convert the draft DCA N&S to guidelines and make it available through the Predation Management South Africa (PMSA) for further distribution to its member organisations and their members.