Two sides of the same coin? Towards a synthesis framework for the management of wetlands in South Africa




decision-makers, Ramsar Convention, wetland management, wetlands


One of the critical drivers of wetland loss is the failure to manage such areas adequately. The definition of management may mean one thing in law and another in non-legal terms. This is the reality in South Africa, coupled with the fact that management within an environmental legislation context means different things. This brief provides a framework for a practical governance approach to what management can mean, offering a contribution that may be adopted by policymakers, in order to be implemented as a guideline by the relevant wetland institutions.

Author Biographies

  • Thokozani Kanyerere, University of the Western Cape

    Associate Professor in the Earth Science Department, Faculty of Science

  • Mahabubur Chowdhury, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

    Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology