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DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND TOURISM endemic

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									NATIONAL ASSEMBLY


(For written reply)

QUESTION NO. 2070

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 46 of 2007

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23 November 2007

Mr G R Morgan (DA) to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism:


(1)      (a) What is the rationale for his department’s section 56 list under the Threatened or Protected
         Species Regulations containing only 39 of the approximately 292 endemic mammal species and
         (b) how will his department manage restricted activities relating to the balance of endemic wild
         mammals not currently included in this list;


(2)      whether endemic mammal species not listed under section 56 are not protected; if not, what is the
         position in this regard; if so, why not;


(3)      whether he has been informed that approximately 100 endemic mammals that are not listed at
         present are hunted regularly and are hence potentially vulnerable; if so,


(4)      whether he will expand the current section 56 list; if not, why not;


(5)      whether the regulations are expected to be in force by 1 February 2008; if not, why not; if so, what
         are the relevant details?

                                                                                                   NW3144E




      MR G R MORGAN (DA)
      SECRETARY TO PARLIAMENT
      HANSARD
      PAPERS OFFICE
      PRESS
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY                            QUESTION 2070                               NW3144E
2070. THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND TOURISM ANSWERS:

(1)     (a) Development of the lists of threatened or protected species under section 56 of the National
        Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (NEMBA) was informed by the threat status of
        restricted activities on the conservation status of species, in accordance with the categorization
        and recommendations of the IUCN Red Data lists for South Africa.


        (b) The department will not manage restricted activities of mammals not currently listed under
        Threatened or Protected species regulations, the status quo will remain, it will be managed through
        provincial ordinances.


(2)     Every species that is indigenous is protected. Listing of species under NEMBA section 56 protects
        against restricted activities only and species threatened by factors other than restricted activities
        cannot be afforded protection by means of section 56 listing. However, NEMBA provides other
        mechanisms for protection of species threatened by factors that are not restricted activities.


(3)     Available data indicate that 36 of the terrestrial mammal species in South Africa are endemic, three
        of which viz. Cape Grysbok, Bontebok and Cape Mountain Zebra are huntable species. Of these
        three, the latter two species are hunted regularly and both are included in the list of threatened or
        protected species.


(4)     Revision and amendment of the lists of threatened or protected species are provided for in section
        56(2) of NEMBA. Development of mechanisms and tools to inform on the conservation status of
        and threatening factors to species, have already been developed and where these indicate the
        necessity to expand the lists, it will be effected.


(5)     Yes. This was announced by a media statement on 4 May 2007 and by notice in the Government
        Gazette 0n 7 May 2007.




NATIONAL ASSEMBLY                           QUESTION 2070                                 NW3144E

								
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