Date: Tue, 21 Jul 98 15:54:26 CDT
From: Mark Graffis <email@example.com>
Subject: SOUTH AFRICA PROPOSES NEW FORESTS LAW
South Africa Proposes New Forest Law
Environment News Service
21 July 1998
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 21, 1998 (ENS) - Draft legislation to
revise South Africa's forestry laws was tabled in Parliament Monday.
The National Forests Bill is intended to promote the sustainable
management and development of forests.
It imposes a ban on the destruction of trees in any natural forest,
but provides for the licensing of the destruction of trees in
If the bill becomes law it will create a National Forests Advisory
Council to advise the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry. The
Council would be required to establish a permanent committee for
sustainable forest management, and another government body to manage
public access to forests.
According to a memorandum attached to the bill, it creates the
conditions necessary to restructure forestry in state forests,
provides special measures to protect certain forests and trees, and
promotes community forestry.
In other government environmental news, a R50 million (US$7.9 million)
project to boost the delivery of water and sanitation services in
South Africa was launched in KwaNdebele, Mpumalanga, Monday, the
Department of Water Affairs and Forestry said.
Funded by the British Department for International Development, the
project will transfer responsibility for delivery of water services
from the national government to local authorities.
The money would be used for training for water services authorities,
water service providers and communities, mainly in Northern Province
A formal exchange of letters for the project was signed by British
Secretary of State for International Development Clare Short, and
South African Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Kader Asmal.
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