Conservation Services Department
The Conservation Services Department provides SANParks with the services needed to manage national parks for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
Enabling Legislation: The Protected Areas Act
The Protected Areas Act No. 57 of 2003 gives SANParks its legal mandate.
What are the important provisions of the Protected Areas Act?
- The Protected Areas Act establishes that the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are important objectives to be achieved in national parks.
- The Protected Areas Act promotes participation by stakeholders in the planning of national parks. In accordance with the Act SANParks will consult with affected parties in drawing up plans for national parks.
What is biodiversity? In the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Acts biodiversity is defined as “the variability from among all sources including terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part and also includes the diversity within species, between species and ecosystems.”