Green Belts

Management Plan for Vermont Green Belts

Vermont green beltThe Overstrand Municipality has made a grant-in-aid available to Vermont Conservation Trust (VCT) to facilitate the compilation of an Integrated Management Plan for the Vermont Green Belt System (VGBS) that includes municipal and state land. Duncan Heard Environmental Consulting has been appointed by the VCT to undertake this assignment.

The purpose of the IMP (Integrated Management Plan) will be to provide an iterative five-year management plan that will be compiled in close collaboration with stakeholders, the Vermont Ratepayers and Environment Association, Vermont Conservation Trust, the Environmental Management Section of the Overstrand Municipality and CapeNature. The IMP will provide a management policy framework for the Green Belts of Vermont aligned with stated Management Objectives and Policies. It will guide the ongoing management of the Green Belts, prioritise operational and projects’ management and where applicable inform budget estimates. This document will also be subject to public comment and the final version will be endorsed by the Overstrand Municipality.

Stakeholders were invited to register by way of a advert in the Hermanus Times of 16 May 2013. The management compilation process was kicked off with a Stakeholder Workshop on 13 June 2013 at the Whale Coast Conservation offices or “Green House” in Vermont. At this workshop the following Mission and Management Objectives for the VGBS were formulated:

Mission

Cape Spurfowl and chicksThe Overstrand Municipality will strive in partnership with the local community to conserve, sustain and maintain the natural Green Belt System environment of Vermont for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

 

 

 

Management Objectives

  • Establish a programme that builds on existing knowledge and creates community environmental awareness through involvement in recreational, educational and project activities related to the use, care and appreciation.
  • Conserve ecosystem dynamics and manage impacts of the surrounding residential areas, towards the maintenance of a natural biological diversity and landscape integrity.
  • Promote the ongoing community involvement in the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the Vermont Green Belt system.
  • Develop research programmes, baseline data collection and monitoring systems to guide and inform adaptive conservation management.
  • Ensure the security of the Vermont Green Belt System and the safety of its users and adjacent properties.
  • Promote sustainable eco-cultural visitation to the Vermont Green Belt System.

For more information contact Duncan Heard at  082 495 3943 or duncanheard@telkomsa.net