Information Products available for download  |  Feedback options and deadlines

Meeting videos and slides

 

Thank you for participating in the information-sharing session for the National Coastal and Marine Spatial Biodiversity Plan. It was a wonderful to have more than 100 participants in the meeting. Most people were from South Africa, however, interest in South Africa's approach to spatial prioritisation for marine biodiversity and inclusion in MSP processes spread widely, with participants from several other countries as well. 

Recordings of the presentations and pdfs of the slides are available here. It was great to have so much engagement in the chat. We will upload the questions with our responses as soon as we have finished working through them.

We look forward to your constructive feedback, and hope to have in-person meetings in future, as Covid19-related restrictions allow.

 

Information Products available for download

To make the process as clear and transparent as possible, here are the links to a number of information products that have been used to inform South Africa's marine spatial biodiversity priority areas, as well as a few other useful resources.

  • The National Coastal and Marine Spatial Biodiversity Plan Version 1 (Beta 1) Technical Report provides the technical details regarding the CBA Map and Sea-Use Guidelines, including input data and analyses.
    It is available for download from the side-bar. See also the National Coastal and Marine Spatial Biodiversity Plan webpage on the EBSA Portal (this page's parent page). 
  • The NBA 2018 Marine Assessment Technical Report is an excellent resource that gives substantial background on the input layers (biodiversity features and design variables), including the map of ecosystem types, maps and analyses for ecological condition, activity intensity and cumulative pressure (cost layer), ecosystem threat status and ecosystem protection levels.
    Is available for download from the NBA website, and the Executive Summary is available for download on the side bar. Note that the map of marine ecosystem types is also available on the NBA website. (For a cross-realm summary overview of the NBA 2018, download the Synthesis Report book)
  • The NBA 2018 Coast Assessment Technical Report is also a useful resource, providing analyses using a cross-realm (terrestrial, estuarine, marine) lens. It provides background on the definition of the ecologically determined coastal zone, as well as a cross-realm (terrestrial, estuarine, marine) lens through which to assess the status of the South African coast (ecological condition, threat status, protection level) and to do integrated land-sea planning.
    It is available for download on the NBA website, and the Executive Summary is available for download on the side bar. Note that the map of coastal ecosystem types is also available on the NBA website. The publication accompanying the map of coastal ecosystem types is available here(For a cross-realm summary overview of the NBA 2018, download the Synthesis Report book)
  • Descriptions of the revised and new Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) provide details on this input layer. 
    The descriptions are available on this webpage, including online versions of the content with interactive maps as well as a pdf download. The shapefiles are also available for download at that link. There are also links to the status assessment and proposed management of the EBSAs, that draws from the Coastal and Marine CBA Map and sea-use guidelines. For other publications related to EBSAs, view this webpage.
  • The Technical Guidelines for CBA Maps provides the technical details on how to compile maps of Critical Biodiversity Areas (CBAs) and Ecological Support Areas (ESAs) and the supporting land/sea-use guidelines. 
    It is available for download from SANBI's Biodiversity Advisor.
  • Mapping Biodiversity Priorities is a joint publication between the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). The document summarises the essential components of South Africa’s well-established approach for systematic biodiversity planning. It provides some background to the systematic biodiversity planning approach that is being followed in deriving the marine spatial biodiversity priorities.
    It is available for download from SANBI's Biodiversity Advisor.
  • The Lexicon of Biodiversity Planning is a compilation of the commonly used words and acronyms in systematic biodiversity planning, with accompanying definitions in a South African context. The purpose of this document is to provide standard definitions of key concepts and frequently used terms, to ensure clear understanding, consistency and credibility.
    It is available for download from SANBI's Biodiversity Advisor.
  • The MARISMA Spatial Data Portal is where all of the data that have gone into the CBA Map will be indicated and made available for download subject to the confidentiality of the data. There is also an interactive data viewer that is available from this page. [Note that we will be building this aspect of the website in the new few weeks; for now, the Namibian data from the EBSA project serve as an illustration of what's coming for the South African data].
    The Spatial Data Portal is available here.

 

Feedback options

Please note, this is not the formal stakeholder engagement process mandated to be part of the National Marine Spatial Planning process. It is an additional step taken by the biodiversity sector to try and develop an input for the MSP process that comprises a connected, adequate, representative portfolio of biodiversity priority areas that is spatially efficient and in least conflict with other ocean-based activities to streamline the MSP negotiations to only those areas that are legitimately contested space. It is expected that the marine spatial biodiversity priorities will be refined both prior to and during the MSP negotatiations, and that compromises by all sectors will be needed during the MSP process. 

If you would like to provide feedback on the National Coastal and Marine Spatial Biodiversity Plan Version 1 (beta 1, beta 2), particularly in terms of contributing data to advance the products in the two planned iterative steps before Version 1 is finalised, the options are as follows:

  1. Online submission forms for:
  1. A downloadable grid within which you can code data if this is a preferred format rather than sharing raw data and/or to allow for expert-derived input layers, to be submitted via the online data submission form above. (The grid will be available for download on the sidebar of this page)
  1. Online meeting engagements if the above to options are not sufficient. If you would like to set up a meeting, please email the technical team: our contact details are in the Coastal and Marine Spatial Biodiversity Plan Technical Report (in the sidebar).

In particular, we would like to include additional biodiversity features, and strengthen conflict avoidance by including areas of high value for other activities at as fine a scale as possible. The higher the resolution of actual biodiversity features and areas of high-value for other activities, the more likely we are able to create a portfolio of marine spatial biodiversity priority areas that are in least conflict with other activities.

 

Deadlines

Deadline for inclusion of data in Version 1 (beta 2): 15 November 2020. Version 1 (beta 2) available in Dec 2020.

Deadline for inclusion of data in Version 1 (released): 31 January 2021. Version 1 (released) available end Feb 2021.

Note that these are hard deadlines. Also note that a Version 2 is planned, with an anticipated release at the end of 2022, so there will be further opportunity to engage and share data.