The South African Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment published the draft National Biodiversity Economy Strategy on the 8th of March 2024 for public comments. 

AWEI submitted comments.

The draft Strategy proposes four goals:

  • Goal 1: Leveraging biodiversity-based features to scale inclusive ecotourism industry growth in seascapes and in sustainable conservation land-use
  • Goal 2: Consumptive use of Game from extensive wildlife systems at scale that drive transformation and expanded sustainable conservation compatible land-use
  • Goal 3: Consumptive use of wild and produced marine and freshwater resources that drives inclusive coastal socio-economic development.
  • Goal 4: Well structured, inclusive, integrated and formalised Bioprospecting, Biotrade, and Biodiversity-based Harvesting and Production Sector that beneficiates communities.

Please click here for a copy of the AWEI comments on the draft Strategy

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment. (2024). Draft National Biodiversity Economy Strategy. Gazette No. 50279. Pretoria, South Africa.