Hope Spots are inclusive
South African Hope Spots are inclusive, encouraging everyone who uses the sea, whether recreationally, for commercial purposes or because their survival depends upon the sea to be part of the Hope Spot. In planning and developing Hope Spots the inclusiveness draws in everyone so that each stakeholder is given an opportunity to play a positive role in their space. Wisdom and understanding are necessary to ensure sustainability and these need to be based on top quality research.
The sustainability and success of Hope Spots is dependent upon them having robust educational programmes that are CAPS compliant and reach everyone, promoting understanding and pride in the Hope Spot of which they, the learners are part.
It is absolutely essential in the inclusive approach to ensure that businesses embrace the blue and green economies as well as become conscious of the environmental context in which they operate. Fortunately, business communities in the Hope Spots are embracing the Hope Spot concepts, particularly where the Business Chambers are playing a leadership role.
The inclusivity ensures that there is a role for all players: academia, government, business, NGOs, societies, clubs, schools, general public and more. It is clear, however, that the central institutional role resides with government, especially as parks and reserves are their specific mandate.