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dc.contributor.author Musvoto, Constansia D
dc.contributor.author Nortje, Karen
dc.contributor.author Murambadoro, M
dc.contributor.author Dube, S
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-07T13:05:07Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-07T13:05:07Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12
dc.identifier.citation Musvov, C.D., Nortje, K, Murambadoro, M and Dube, S. 2011. Relevance of national and local government policy to sustainable community natural resource management in South Africa. The Sustainable City VII, Vol 1. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, Shah Alam, Malaysia, 13-15 December 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://library.witpress.com/pages/PaperInfo.asp?PaperID=23123
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10204/6413
dc.description Copyright: 2012 WIT Press. The Sustainable City VII, Vol 1. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, Shah Alam, Malaysia, 13-15 December 2011. en_US
dc.description.abstract Development in South Africa is guided by the principle of sustainability, and this is underpinned by integration, which is the consideration of social, economic and environmental factors in decision making. Policies are in place at national and local government level to ensure integration. A key integration instrument at municipality level (the lowest unit of local government) is the Integrated Development Plan (IDP), a strategic planning tool meant to guide all planning and management in a municipality. At national level, the National Environmental Management Act, in particular its philosophy of Integrated Environmental Management (IEM) is supposed to provide guidance on sustainable development. In municipalities, communal natural resource management decisions are made at community level. There are no instruments to guide this decision making to ensure integration. This study analysed natural resource management decision making at community level, focussing on agricultural land use. The objectives were (i) to assess whether agricultural land use decision making incorporated integration principles and (ii) to assess applicability of the IDP and IEM as instruments for incorporating integration into community level decision making. Information was collected through a review of national and local government policies and interviews at municipal and community levels. Decision making was found to be focused on addressing social and economic needs with little consideration for the environment. The IDP had no relevance to community level decision making while the principles of IEM could be applied to incorporate integration into decision making. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher WIT Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Workflow;9807
dc.subject Agricultural land use en_US
dc.subject South African natural resource management en_US
dc.subject Natural resource management en_US
dc.subject Sustainable development en_US
dc.subject National Environmental Management Act en_US
dc.title Relevance of national and local government policy to sustainable community natural resource management in South Africa en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US


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