15th September 2017: In response to an invitation from the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to submit comments on the draft “National Forests Bill”, on 15th August, the Timberwatch Coalition, the Centre for Environmental Rights, and two other local civil society groups from the Western Cape submitted written comments as follows:
Western Cape Forestry Sector Forum submission
Jonkershoek Forestry Community Forum: Forestry Bill submission
Centre for Environmental Rights submission
Arising from the submissions and presentations made to the Portfolio Committee (PC), it was resolved that there had not been adequate consultation by the department (DAFF), and that this would have to be rectified through additional consultations before the draft Bill could be brought back to the PC.
At this stage it is believed that fresh consultations have been planned for the western and southern Cape regions, but as yet nothing has been heard regarding the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga or Limpopo.
Further information concerning this process can be found at the Parliamentary Monitoring Group Website page – https://pmg.org.za/committee-meeting/24812/
For any queries and comments concerning the Timberwatch submission, please send an e-mail to email@example.com