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Monitoring consumptive resource use in South African national parks

dc.contributor.authorVermeulen, Wesselen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVan Wilgen, Niclolaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Kyleen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorDopolo, Mbuleloen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSwemmer, Louiseen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorAnnecke, Wendyen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBezuidenhout, Hugoen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorDurrheim, Grahamen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHanekom, Nicken_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHendricks, Howarden_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMcGeoch, Melodieen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorNgubeni, Ntombizodwaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSymonds, Alexisen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-10T15:36:03Z
dc.date.available2020-04-10T15:36:03Z
dc.date.issued2019-01-30
dc.identifier.citationVermeulen, W. et al. 2019. Monitoring consumptive resource use in South African national parks. Koedoe, 61(1):a1516, doi:10.4102/koedoe.v61i1.1516.
dc.identifier.issn2071-0771 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.4102/koedoe.v61i1.1516
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/107685
dc.descriptionCITATION: Vermeulen, W. et al. 2019. Monitoring consumptive resource use in South African national parks. Koedoe, 61(1):a1516, doi:10.4102/koedoe.v61i1.1516.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://koedoe.co.za
dc.description.abstractMonitoring is an essential component of measuring the performance of protected areas. This requirement led to the development of a biodiversity monitoring system for South African National Parks (SANParks). The system comprises of ten major programmes, each focusing on a core area of conservation biodiversity monitoring, with resource use being one of the focal areas. With the growing appreciation of the importance of natural resources for the socioeconomic well-being of communities and other stakeholders, sustainable resource use is an important component of the management of natural areas and national parks. To gauge sustainability, a sound monitoring and research programme that fits within the context of the SANParks’ adaptive management approach towards social-ecological system management is required. The purpose of this article was to define the context and scope in which consumptive resource use takes place within SANParks and to outline the criteria necessary for developing a sound monitoring programme to assess the sustainability of such use. The monitoring programme is structured in view of the fact that sustainable resource use is achievable only where all dimensions of sustainability (social, economic and ecological) are considered simultaneously. In terms of the social and economic dimensions of sustainability, the programme provides for assessing stakeholder needs, trends in resource use and the social and economic impacts of resource use. Monitoring that relates to the ecological dimension of sustainability of biological resource use deals with the rate of turnover and population dynamics of target species, as well as harvest impact. In terms of abiotic (non-renewable) resources, monitoring deals with sound management practices to minimise impact on the environment, and to optimise benefits through responsible use. Conservation implications: The resource use monitoring programme is intended to ensure that monitoring relating to the harvesting of natural resources from national parks is scientifically sound and conducted in a structured way, towards meeting the objective of sustainable use and compliance with national legislation. The article illustrates how SANParks meets its obligation to monitor biodiversity conservation while at the same time meeting the needs for the consumptive use of resources.en_ZA
dc.format.extent11 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAOSIS
dc.subjectNational parks -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.titleMonitoring consumptive resource use in South African national parksen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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