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Title: Policy framework for sustainable utilisation of farmland for the Waterberg District Municipality in South Africa
Authors: Nhemachena, C
Chakwizira, J
Mashiri, M
Dube, S
Keywords: Land policy
Sustainability
Farmland
Waterberg
Resources management
Sustainable agricultural development
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Nhemachena, C, Chakwizira, J, Mashiri, M and Dube, S. 2011. Policy framework for sustainable utilisation of farmland for the Waterberg District Municipality in South Africa. Sustainable Agricultural Development Recent Approaches in Resources Management and Environmentally-Balanced Production Enhancement Behnassi, Mohamed; Shahid, Shabbir A.; D'Silva, Joyce (Eds.)
Series/Report no.: Workflow request;6996
Abstract: This study crafts a policy framework for sustainable utilisation of farmland for the Waterberg District Municipality in South Africa. The district, being predominantly agricultural and rural, faces contention in terms of land allocation for traditional agricultural land uses versus contemporary uses such as golf courses, game ranching and holiday accommodation/lodges. The situation was exacerbated by the fact that these challenges were besetting the district at a time when it did not have a policy for sustainable land use. Fully cognisant of this shortcoming, the municipality decided to generate a policy framework for sustainable utilisation of farmland. The approach entailed a participatory situational analysis identifying all land zones for agricultural purposes in the district and prime agricultural land as well as environmentally sensitive areas. In addition, the policy environment governing the development of agricultural land was thoroughly assessed to ensure compliance, consistency and alignment of the policy with the provincial and national policies. The outcome is a policy framework expected to facilitate, guide and influence the sustainable subdivision of farmland taking into account the realities of the existence of competing needs for agricultural land use. The policy framework clearly shows specific areas that may and may not subdivide further, with reasons. Also, it presents a set of guidelines and minimum requirements, to inform decision-making regarding subdivision proposals.
Description: Sustainable Agricultural Development Recent Approaches in Resources Management and Environmentally-Balanced Production Enhancement Behnassi, Mohamed; Shahid, Shabbir A.; D'Silva, Joyce (Eds.)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/5418
ISBN: 978-94-007-0518-0
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