National Forest Amendment Bill

The Select Committee on Land and Mineral Resources invites you to submit written comments on the National Forest Amendment Bill.

The Bill seeks to amend the National Forests Act, 1998, so as to:
• provide for clear definitions of natural forests and woodlands;
• provide for public trusteeship of the nation’s forestry resources;
• increase the promotion and enforcement of sustainable forest management;
• increase the measures provided for in the Act to control and remedy deforestation;
• provide for appeals against decisions taken under delegated powers and duties;
• reinforce offenses and penalties;

You are invited to provide suggestions or comments in support or objection via the form below. Should you be unsure, please read the live comments, media, summary or documents below.   Closing date is Thursday, 28 February 2019.

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The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (‘‘the Department’’) is responsible for the administration of the National Forests Act, 1998 (Act No. 84 of 1998) (‘‘the Act’’).

The Act promotes sustainable management and development of forests and provides for the protection of certain forests and trees. The National Forests Amendment Bill, 2016 (‘‘the Bill’’), seeks to amend this Act. The Department is the custodian of the Act and should facilitate the amendment of this legislation in order to ensure that it remains responsive and relevant in the field of sustainable forest management. This legislation was promulgated in 1998 and since then, several national legislation such as the National Environmental Management Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act No. 57 of 2003) and the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004) were also promulgated, as well as the advance in science, technology and research in the field of sustainable forest management to ensure the co-operative governance and management of natural resources. The Department is responsible for the creation of a comprehensive regulatory framework through policies and legislation to improve sustainable forest management in the country.

It is therefore of critical importance to ensure that, where necessary, amendments should be effected to ensure that there are no legislative or policy vacuums that hinder effective sustainable forest management. Most poor people and vulnerable groups located mainly in rural areas of the country rely on forestry for their livelihoods. The proposed amendments will assist in encouraging the participation of vulnerable groups at the same time ensuring sustainable forest management.

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Jane
No, I do not.
This will open the door to corruption even further and be the cause of even further turning South Africa into a desert.
Kim
Yes, I do.
Solaris
No, I do not.
Put your nose up your anus. You are part of a cosmic plot to further inter-stellar relations to dominate plane earth and its web of life. To you the corpse-oration low evil (=anti-live) we bid your farewell and total de-vibration. You have been informed countless times that you would be upgraded if you changed your attitude towards SOURCE. You have by your own initiative passed the point of no return. We can no longer prevent you from self-destruction.
Tamaryn
Yes, I do.
Our forests and greenery are a fundamental part of the South African ecosystem - without these, we will feel the impact not just in our green spaces but throughout the full value chain.
Desire
No, I do not.
Seems like it will give powers to people appointed by the Minister for deforestation and soon there will be no natural habitat left. Currently the law regarding deforestation cannot be upheld and people openly sell wood next to the road from trees that were illegally cut and nothing is done about it. This Bill will just make it easier for deforestation to take place.

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