The creation of a Joint Strategic Vision for the Sustainable Development of the Estuary, hereinafter referred as “Vision”, is the first strategic step for the development of an effective governance model for an estuary. The main goal of this Vision is to propose a direction to increase efforts to ensure a long term solution to the known environmental problems of the estuary and the social and economic development of the region. The vision should be presented within a wide time horizon and to reflect the highest political commitment between the involved countries.
The South African Department of Water Affairs has embarked on the design of a National Estuaries Monitoring Programme (NESMP) as required in the National Water Act. The foundation of this three tiered programme, monitoring biotic and abiotic components, is collaboration with all role players in the management of estuaries. The rationale for this is to coordinate activities and prevent duplication of monitoring efforts thereby ensuring cooperative governance and efficient use of public funds.