Background Information Document: iSimangaliso’s GEF project

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Background Information Document: iSimangaliso’s GEF project

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was established in November 2000 when sixteen pieces of land, covering 332 000 hectares, were consolidated into a single protected area. In 1999, the beauty and biological wealth of iSimangaliso was recognised by its listing as the first World Heritage Site in South Africa along with Robben Island and the Cradle of Human Kind.

iSimangaliso’s vision is to integrate strong conservation of the ecological wealth of the area and the development of tourism with the empowerment and development of historically disadvantaged communities in and adjacent to the Park, promoting equitable use of iSimangaliso’s natural and cultural resources.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority is tasked with realising the vision of the Park. Established in 2000 through the World Heritage Convention Act Regulations, the iSimangaliso Authority manages the Park through its Board and executive staff component. iSimangaliso Authority is responsible for setting conservation policy and for ensuring that World Heritage values are maintained. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, has entered into an agreement with the Authority to implement the day-to-day conservation management within the Park.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority has been awarded a GEF grant of $9 Million for a project entitled ‘Development, Empowerment and Conservation in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Surrounding Region Project’.

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