The Benefits to Plett
The establishment of Plett Hope Spot will support the proposed linkage of the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area to the Robberg Marine Protected Area, but with a more inclusive approach where science, tourism, education and sustainable development and utilisation are possible. This will to some extent allow us as Plett locals to drive how we want our Bay managed, without seeing it pillaged from outside influences.
There are several clear benefits to having the Bitou coastline area declared as a Hope Spot. Not only will the area obtain international recognition and support as a valuable marine area critical to the health of the ocean, but it will also be promoted internationally as an area to visit for its beauty and uniqueness. This will significantly benefit tourism, business, and sustainable development.
Furthermore, on-going research and monitoring of our natural assets/resources are strongly encouraged by the initiative, and will be beneficial in promoting the area while ensuring sound management and informed decision making within the area. Together with this, Hope Spots are obligated to have set geographical boundaries that will further guide future planning, development and management.
The structure of a Hope Spot is such that public participation and support plays an integral part in all activities and decisions made which will greatly enhance the success of the
With Mission Blue endorsement and support, the fundraising capabilities for key existing and proposed projects will be strengthened. Mission Blue is a well-established and highly recognised international initiative that will give any project, whether it be educational, research, or conservation orientated, a major boost and therefore a better chance of succeeding.
Dr Sylvia Earle launched the Plett Hope Spot in early December 2014, placing Plettenberg Bay on the international marine conservation map. Let us make this the greatest event of the year, a celebration of progress and unity.
A small local committee, made up of representatives from various stakeholders in the community, working under the guidance of SST’s CEO Dr Tony Ribbink, has already been established. If you would like to be part of this initiative by either donating your time or skills or endorsing it, please contact Dr Mark Brown. Click here to download the detailed report about Plett Hope Spot.
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