oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Legal strategies to optimise conservation of natural ecosystems by private landowners - Economic incentives
|Article Title||Legal strategies to optimise conservation of natural ecosystems by private landowners - Economic incentives|
|© Publisher:||Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law|
|Journal||Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Botany, Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Nov 1986|
|Pages||460 - 473|
|Keyword(s)||Cape west coast, Coastal Renosterveld, Compensation schemes, Conservation, Conservation behaviour, Economic incentives, Elandsberg Private Nature Reserve, Financial incentives, Legal strategies, National Parks Act 57 of 1976, Natural ecosystems, Natural resources, Private landowners, South African law and Western Cape lowlands|
It is a gain for the state conservation authorities to allow and encourage private landowners to conserve areas of 'natural heritage' where fiscal funds would be insufficient for both the acquisition and running of additional conservation areas. However even financial incentives, which require greater expenditure than, for example, other recognition based strategies, e.g. natural heritage plaques and certificates, would invariably represent merely a partial aid for the landowner. The landowner's additional personal services and responsibility for managing private conservation areas would come free of charge to the state. To a significant degree the issue of permanence of the latter can be confronted by applying principles at least comparable to current state guarantees of permanence. Private ownership and management of ecosystems represent invaluable stop-gap measures for subsequent mutually agreed upon takeover of responsibility by the state at some later date if or when the need arises.
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