Ulwandle coastal management newsletter now downloadable

  • 22 December 2016 | Natasha Rambaran

Produced by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), Ulwandle provides coastal management-related news for interested stakeholders.

Ulwandle showcases some of the projects undertaken by the EDTEA and its partner organisations. Among these are collaborations between the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI), a division of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) and EDTEA to conduct coastal and marine research to improve coastal management – including the conservation of biodiversity along the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Ulwandle article contributors come from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, ORI and EDTEA.

A variety of interesting and relevant articles cover issues that range from drafting the KZN Coastal Management Programme and setting coastal management lines, to sea turtle monitoring and marine strandings.

News on capacity building in the marine sector is highlighted by the Ocean Stewards' Programme and the ongoing training workshops held for coastal managers.

The 2016 National Marine Week provided a platform for organisations to share their work with the public and to create awareness around issues affecting our marine environment.

In the first quarter of 2017 EDTEA will launch an online coastal management decision support tool. A website is being developed for EDTEA by ORI to provide a “one-stop” Integrated Coastal Management tool for stakeholders.

The Ulwandle newsletter offers a great way to stay informed about the issues, initiatives and activities that are taking place along our coast. While reading, keep a look out for a competition to win tickets to uShaka Marine World!

The 2016 KwaZulu-Natal Coastal Management newsletter, Ulwandle, is available as a free download here.

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