Saturday, May 30, 2009

Specie Relocation - Invader or survivors?

The Sanitizing of ships ballast water is becoming a big International controversy. To understand the hype behind the war of words is to understand the relocation of Large  Mouth Bass. I never payed much attention until a local angler told me a story about a 20l water container filled to the brim with sea water that washed out on the beach in the Southern Regions of The iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.

The King fish/Travelly inside the drum could net get out the same way it got in. The whole was a couple of months to small for the poor entrapped fish bopping around in the ocean. The poor fish was still alive when the container washed onto the beach in the region of St. Lucia Estuary. Some how the little predictor fed on unlucky visitors that landed in the container with him.

This made me think about the ballast water trapped in the Barges Scuttled North of Cape Vidal in the Marine Reserve. Human interference in the Wilderness Area and the Marine Reserve has been limited and strictly controlled until the area was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the introduction of human made objects in such a sensitive area one asks the question .... was the ballast water inside the barges sanitized before their foreign content was introduced  to this sensitive eco-system.

Who will be responsible for the clean up of invading species ...
  1. The Barge owners relinquished their responsibilities
  2. The iSimangaliso Wetlands Park Authority protects this area on behalf of UNESCO
  3. UNESCO  - do they have enough control over the management of this World Heritage Site?
Well let us pray to all things Holly that the ballast water of those barges where sanitized before they where scuttled....... Or do we think Big Mouth Bass is a sport fishing indigenous to South Africa ...

by Petrus Viviers

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ice Age - dawn of The Dinosaur

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

iSimangaliso Wetlands - St. Lucia Estuary and Lake System


Document Date: 2009/04/30
Document Type: Resettlement Plan
Report Number: RP807
Volume No: 1 of 1
Country: South Africa ; 
Doc Name: South Africa - Development, Empowerment, and Conservation in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Surrounding Region Project : resettlement policy framework
Keywords: access to information, access to land, acquisition cost, administrative procedures, adverse impacts, agricultural activities, agricultural land, agriculture, asset valuation, auditing, baseline surveyShow More
Language: English
Major Sector: Agriculture, fishing, and forestry
Rel. Proj ID: ZA-Development, Empowerment And Conservation In The Greater St Lucia -- P086528 ; 
Region: Africa ; 
Rep Title: South Africa - Development, Empowerment, and Conservation in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Surrounding Region Project : resettlement policy framework
Sector: General agriculture, fishing and forestry sector
Topics: Environment ; Water Resources ; Social Development ; Finance and Financial Sector Development ; Communities and Human Settlements
SubTopics: Wetlands ; Environmental Economics & Policies ; Voluntary and Involuntary Resettlement ; Housing & Human Habitats ; Banks & Banking Reform
Unit Owning: AFT: Environment & NRM (AFTEN)

The objective of the Development, Empowerment, and Conservation in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Surrounding Region Project for South Africa is to improve access to information that addresses the availability of fresh water of adequate quality to the Lake St Lucia System, a wetland of global biodiversity importance, and to increase access among local communities to conservation, compatible economic opportunities. Negative measures include: loss of shelter, loss of assets or access to assets important to production, loss of income sources or means of livelihoods, and the loss of access to locations. Mitigation measures include: a) avoid involuntary resettlement where feasible, exploring all viable alternatives; b) where not feasible, resettlement must be a sustainable development program, providing investment resources that allow the displaced to benefit; c) the displaced should be meaningfully consulted and have opportunities to plan and implement the resettlement; d) those displaced should be assisted to improve their standards of living or at least restore them to the levels that existed prior to displacement; and e) restoration of incomes, the standards of living and the productivity levels of the affected persons constitute the core of the Bank's resettlement policy. Although resettlement programs should be designed to help improve the standards of living and income levels of the affected population, efforts must at least be made to restore them to previous levels.

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Wetting the Wetlands

It is raining. Water in the Wetlands is something we really need.
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Saturday, May 02, 2009

Another Sunset at St Lucia Estuary

Sunset at the Estuary iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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St Lucia Estuary Saturday fishing

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Mangos B & B Guesthouse | Accommodation St Lucia

Bed and Breakfast in St Lucia

Mangos Guesthouse is an elevated ethnic styled log guesthouse, the establishment is based in the St. Lucia World Heritage Wetland Park. Each log room sleeps 3 to 4 people and consists of: ensuite bathroom and airconditioning, dstv, breakfast,coffee & tea fac.

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Umfolozi River Lodge and Bird Park | Accommodation St Lucia

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Situated in a tranquil, scenic environment with its spectacular variety of birds, Umfolozi River Lodge is situated on 25 hectares of land, which borders a private game reserve and is approximately 30min from St Lucia world heritage site

Per person sharing R295 Rooms/Units from R590-R930 

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The renowned, four-star luxury Elephant Coast Guesthouse is situated in the picturesque town of St Lucia, Gateway to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's first World Heritage Site from where you can explore the unspoilt scenic beauty of one of the jewels of the Zulu Kingdom.

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