Protected Areas and Conservation Services
IMBEWU has considerable expertise in protected areas, biodiversity and conservation law.
Some of the more noteworthy work IMBEWU has conducted in this area includes –
- an extensive review of protected areas and biodiversity legislation with reference to proposed projects in various countries in Southern Africa;
- research into the implementation of the “biosphere reserve” concept in South Africa, particularly in the Waterberg and the Magaliesburg; and
- an in-depth analysis of environmental legislation applicable within the KAZA Transfrontier Conservation Area which included the environmental legislation of Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Angola and Zimbabwe.
Marine and Coastal Management Law
IMBEWU has many years of experience in advising clients on marine and coastal law.
IMBEWU has a comprehensive understanding of the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act 24 of 2008, particularly with respect to the Act’s implications for developments and activities taking place within the “coastal zone”.
Noteworthy work in this area has included:
- work for the National Ports Authority which required detailed knowledge of national, regional and international marine and coastal legislation; and
- assistance in the drafting of the Ballast Water Management Bill, which gives effect to South Africa’s obligations in terms of the International Ballast Water Management Convention, which South Africa ratified in April 2008. IMBEWU further assisted with the preparation of a Memorandum of Understanding between the relevant organs of state to facilitate the effective implementation of this Bill.