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The primary objective of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife's Community Conservation Programme is to contribute to the mission of the Nature Conservation Board, through working with communities to foster nature conservation value, within a framework of co-managed sustainable natural resource management.
Secondary objectives are to develop processes for engagement with community stakeholders, and to determine standards and performance measures to evaluate Community Conservation programmes within nature conservation objectives.

Community Conservation Policy
The KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Board recognising that:
The achievement of its primary goal of conserving biodiversity is dependent on the allocation of resources to ensure sustainable use and to foster nature conservation value in society;
Many communities are not aware of the interdependence of biodiversity and sustainable human development;
Unsustainable land-use practices threaten biodiversity;
Nature conservation can play an important role in the development of sustainable livelihoods;
The neighbours of protected areas have a direct interest in the management of protected areas;

and realising that:
Community conservation partnerships and interactions are processes whereby communities of all descriptions engage with KZN Wildlife in co-defining and realizing nature conservation value and opportunities;
Community conservation is an integral part of the KZN Wildlife system to protect biodiversity and ecological processes in the province, to regulate activities which impact upon biodiversity, and to facilitate the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity outside protected areas;
 
- All communities should derive value from the conservation of biodiversity and from protected areas;
- Community conservation activities take place within many contexts across the province, including visitors to protected areas, protected area neighbours, within conservation districts and among the staff of KZN Wildlife
- Community conservation partnerships should be centred on sustainable programs which promote developments that are culturally, economically, socially and ecologically viable
- Communities have unique perspectives and knowledge which need to be incorporated into decision-making by KZN Wildlife
- A finite capacity to respond to diverse community needs can be enhanced by strategic partnerships with development and service agencies
- Approaches to community conservation should be conducted within consultative partnerships which are inclusive, transparent and accountable
KZN Wildlife must act as broker/ facilitator and partner rather than primary developer outside of protected areas.

Undertakes to:
Clarify nature conservation value, within a framework of developing partnerships with diverse communities throughout the province, and maintain Community Conservation services as an integrated function in KZN Wildlife inter alia to:
1. Establish and maintain participatory structures with staff, neighbours and user groups (For example: Local Boards; Liaison Forums and special interest group committees), and to participate in other community structures when requested and where this relates to biodiversity conservation.
2. Promote sustainable natural resource management within, around and beyond protected areas;
3.1 Facilitate/broker and participate in local and regional community development based on nature conservation opportunities
4. Develop biodiversity conservation programmes based on sustainable economic and social opportunities within, around and beyond protected areas
5. Engage in biodiversity education and awareness enhancing processes which foster nature conservation value amongst protected area visitors, neighbours, schools, local communities and other interest groups
6. Develop, foster and enable access to nature conservation-based entrepreneurial opportunities
7. Seek mutually beneficial solutions to any nature conservation/community conflict
8. Promote the development, understanding and acceptance of nature conservation legislation
9. Integrate community conservation programmes within protected areas, communal areas and conservation districts
10. Promote community conservation services with a competent, professional staff.

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