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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

New Dune Belt regulation in Walvis Bay

August 22, 2007

No longer will the city of Walvis Bay (Namibia) be issuing permits for recreational use in the city’s Dune Belt Area.

The Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism now manages the dune belt area and issues permits as an interim measure until the area is proclaimed a Protected Area.

The reason for this is that some extremely sensitive areas of high biodiversity importance, such as the breeding site of the red data listed Damara Tern and the estuary of the Swakop River into the Atlantic Ocean, exist in this area.

Officials of the Ministry will be on duty to monitor the utilization of the dune belt at all times.  Every user and visitor to this area is obliged to adhere and obey to the conditions and rules as laid down.  Anyone found operating outside the parameters of the laid down conditions and rules will be dealt with in terms of applicable legal instruments.

Because local government is tasked with service provision and ensuring that social and economic development needs within the carrying capacity of the biological resource base, local government is an important manager of global biodiversity. ICLEI has established the Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) project to explore the best ways for local governments to engage in effective biodiversity protection, utilization and management. For more information on LAB, please visit www.iclei.org/biodiversity.

Walvis Bay is one of 32 local governments in Africa that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Africa, please visit www.iclei.org/africa.

Source:  “New Dune Belt Regiulation”, Walvis Bay City Council, 5 April 2007.