The South African Integrated Coastal Management Lekgotla 2019
10 - 11 sEPTEMBER 2019
The River Club
Liesbeek Avenue, Observatory Road, Cape Town
The First South African Integrated Coastal Management is a landmark event for South Africa. The ICM Lekgotla is intended to bring key role-players together to discuss and deliberate on shared experiences relating to Governance and ICM in the country, with particular emphasis on science-based management, in the context of challenges and solutions to current and emerging issues that affect coastal management.
The ICM Lekgotla intends to initiate a dedicated platform for discussion of critical Integrated Coastal Management issues facing South Africa, with the purpose of:
An annual ICM Lekgotla that will bring to government, NGOs, public leadership and the private sector together to discuss critical coastal management issues and the delivery of priority projects linked to the National Coastal Management Programme; and
An annual ICM Lekgotla that is focused on facilitating shared experiences in the implementation of ICM in the country, with particular emphasis on:
Science-based management: how scientific research informs management decisions and the crucial feedback loop between management and research for effective ICM;
Successes in the implementation of ICM in South Africa: exhibit and highlight the key success for ICM in the country, inclusive of case studies along the coast and international best practice utilised; and
Challenges and limitations experienced in the Implementation of ICM in South Africa: highlight the major challenges to the effective implementation of ICM, which is crucial to the review of management decisions, institutional arrangements and the legislation/regulations for future decision making, as well as how ICM implementation in RSA is impacting on a global shift in coastal management/ how our RSA initiatives talks to the international trends in ocean and coastal conservation.
The objective of the annual ICM Lekgotlas are to:
Promote meaningful engagement on urgent/priority coastal management matters;
Ensure that provincial and national priority projects are monitored and reported on;
Provide a platform for new and emerging ICM issues for discussion and decision-making;
Promote knowledge sharing and experiential learning between and among coastal practitioners, government officials and public leaders.
The coastal zone provides a place to live, work and relax; a source of food and a gateway to the world. It is a maritime space with three core functionalities, namely: biophysical space, social space and economic space. The biophysical space is characterised by the interface of land and sea; whereby reefs, beaches, sand dunes, rocky headlands support and maintain a rich coastal fauna and flora.
The social space is characterised by the convergence of culturally diverse people for divergent purposes, e.g. spiritual or cultural practices, enjoyment, tranquility, food, etc. Lastly, the economic space is characterised by coastal resorts whereby coastal tourists spend time, etc.
The coastal zone in South Africa is managed through the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act (Act No. 24 of 2008) (ICM Act 2008), and sought to proactively manage multiple-use conflicts, pre-empt and plan for new uses, and protect vulnerable ecosystems and marine biodiversity. In addition, the Act is sought to manage trade-offs in coastal development and effective coastal biodiversity management.
The ICM Act was enacted in December 2009 and is currently almost 10 years into its implementation. The Act was a landmark legislation for South Africa as well as the African continent, the first of its kind to promote and legislatively prescribe the fundamental shift towards integration in the management of the coastal zone.
Additionally, South Africa has approached a landmark anniversary, with 2017 officially marking 25 years of Integrated Coastal Management in South Africa.Over the past 25 years, a tremendous amount of research, management initiatives and experiences in the implementation of ICM and the ICM Act has been accumulated. This mass of experience and information requires a dedicated, ongoing platform to facilitate information sharing for coastal management.