Benefitting Future Generations - Pivot
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo), is tasked with maintaining wilderness areas and public nature reserves in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. Constituted under the KZN Nature Conservation Management Act of 1999, Ezemveloâ€™s key objective is to conserve the numerous cultural, histoÃ¥rical, wetlands, alpine and marine treasures of KwaZulu-Natal for the benefit of present and future generations. With custodianship of 110 protected areas, ecotourism and
the effective management of indigenous biodiversity are critical to achieving this objective.
Ezemvelo has a strong focus on building tourism in the nature conservation areas of KwaZulu-Natal. The areas offer tourists a wide range of wildlife, including the big five â€“ rhino, lion, elephant , buffalo and leopard, over 600 bird species, an array of flora, and activities from walking trails and horse-trails to ski, shore and inland fishing, diving, hunting and mountain climbing.
In addition, it is a known fact that through the promotion of ecotourism, there is enormous potential to create much needed green jobs to improve levels of employment, equity and equality.
COLLECTIVE MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES
Ezemvelo has a large stakeholder profile that assists the organisation in effectively delivering on its mandate. This includes local communities; the business sector; nongovernmental organisations and government departments.
The basic rationale for the formation of partnerships with these stakeholders is to ensure that Ezemvelo effectively applies biodiversity conservation principles in a collective way rather than on its own. The importance of protecting biodiversity, while growing the economy is always an issue to consider in many instances.