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Title: Unlocking obstacles in the Phakisa expansion of South Africa's Marine Protected Areas
Authors: Malebu (SANBI), Tsamaelo
Miza (SANBI), Siyasanga
Sink (SANBI), Kerry
Keywords: Biodiversity
Protected Areas
Phakisa Expansion
Issue Date: 24-Jun-2015
Publisher: SANBI
Series/Report no.: Biodiversity Planning Forum;
Abstract: Initiative Eight of the Marine Protection Services and Governance Lab of Operation Phakisa aimed to create a Representative Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network. Over a six week period, the team collated more than 700 spatial layers to identify 21 new proposed MPAs covering approximately 7% of South Africa’s mainland marine territory. Intensive stakeholder dialogue was a key feature during the six week lab process and the following eight months. This presentation uses five case studies to demonstrate key issues raised by stakeholders and the steps taken by the technical team to address these concerns. Challenges included overlap with highly prospective areas within petroleum leases, potential impacts on fishermen, inadequate protection of foraging areas of threatened penguins and turtles, and practical compliance and enforcement concerns. These were addressed through spatial analysis to improve the understanding of potential impacts on stakeholders, design adjustments and boundary revision informed by new information (where possible), and zonation of activities compatible with protection goals. Further challenges are anticipated and our experiences suggest that these are best addressed through continued meaningful stakeholder dialogue, the collection and application of science based advice and new innovations in marine spatial planning.
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