A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE SUBMISSION TO DFFE REGARDING THEIR POLICY POSITION ON THE CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE USE OF ELEPHANT, LION, LEOPARD AND RHINOCEROS
28TH JULY 2021
The EMS Foundation and the Wild Law Institute, both NPOs, jointly submitted written comments to Minister Barbara Creecy’s (GN 566 published in Government Gazette no. 44776 of 28 June 2021).
The EMS Foundation is a South African based social justice NGO established in November 2016. Our key purpose is to alleviate and end suffering, raise public awareness and lobby and empower, provide dignity and promote the rights and interests of vulnerable groups, particularly children, the elderly and wild animals.
The Wild Law Institute (“WildLI”) is incorporated in South Africa as a non-profit company is to promote the conservation of the natural environment, wellbeing, social cohesion, and democracy for the benefit of the general public by promoting ways of organising society that enable people to live well by safeguarding and enhancing the wellbeing of the whole Earth community. WildLI has specific expertise in relation to the design and establishment of regulatory systems, including the drafting of policies and legislation.
Both the EMS Foundation and WildLI are committed to contributing to the improvement of wildlife governance.
We are in broad support of the vision and direction of the Draft Policy, and are strongly supportive of the proposed national Policy on Biological Diversity as a means of promoting a transition towards eco-centric decision making in relation to wildlife and ecosystems generally.
Many of the comments we made relate to issues that affect all wildlife, not just the five species that are the subject of the Draft Policy. These include most of the comments in relation to: an urgent necessity for transformational change; the need for a new Eco-centric vision), Implications of a Harmonious Co-existence approach; Ecologically sustainable use; and Decision-making and conflict resolution. We requested that those comments be taken into account in formulating the proposed national Policy on Biological Diversity and any other policies that may be formulated to implement the One Health and One Welfare Approaches.