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Additional environmental protection for iSimangaliso

Author: Tamlyn Jolly

In a bid to bolster environmental protection and law enforcement, iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal has welcomed 30 new Environmental Monitors into its fold, to be deployed throughout the park at key field ranger stations. The National Environmental Monitors Programme is a Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) initiative which has seen 1 659 monitors deployed throughout the country since its inception in 2013, Zululand Observer reported.


Monitors are trained as armed or unarmed field rangers at the Southern African Wildlife College in Hoedspruit. Further, non-accredited training is provided by various host institutions in both the private and public sectors. Key objectives of the DEA programme include additional conservation support through patrolling and monitoring, and providing capacity to conservation communities to enhance their mandate for biodiversity and ecosystems services.


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