The Municipal Support Initiative (MSI): Supporting the development of resilient local government structures and function
The Municipal Support Initiative (MSI) is aimed at improved capacity within municipal governance structures in two municipalities that oversee critical biodiversity areas in the lower Olifants catchment (Ba-Phalaborwa and Maruleng). The MSI is designed as an institutional learning process that supports practitioners and council in various ways through workplace support, tools development with application, training and policy formulation, and implementation of communication and feedback systems.
The focus of the MSI is on key municipal mandates related to natural resources, namely land-use planning, local economic development, water conservation and demand management and waste-water management under climate change scenarios (including disaster and risk reduction strategies).
MSI Support for land-use planning (LUP) in two municipalities
Research by SANBI has indicated that 70% of biodiversity is located outside of national parks. This means that ALL municipalities have a central role to play in ensuring that spatial planning, firstly, recognises the value of biodiversity and then, secondly, affords critical biodiversity features special status in the spatial planning process so that they are not destroyed.
Thus the MSI strategically works to integrate biodiversity–compatible land-use planning into municipal spatial planning instruments. To this end, the MSI team works with Spatial Planning and Economic Directorates (SPED) in two local municipalities and one district municipality. We address the technical aspects of integrating critical biodiversity areas into the spatial planning instruments of the Spatial Development Framework (SDF) and Land Use Management Schemes (LUMS) by means of professional support, training and guidelines.
In order to achieve full institutionalisation, we work with the political/decision making aspects of local government so that these approaches are adopted. This is essential as the mandate for institutionalisation of any frameworks or protocols rests with council. This means that for biodiversity-compatible planning to progress in municipalities it needs to be tabled and adopted by formal processes. We seek to have biodiversity-compatible SDFs adopted as well as to influence by-laws that allow for spatial planners to act appropriately on land use applications.
Although this approach to critical biodiversity planning will go a long way to ensuring sensitive land use planning, it is not enough in the practical sense as land owners still have a large say in land use activities. To this end, we work with the largest land claimant in the Maruleng municipal area, the Moletele Communal Property Association (CPA). The main focus of this work is to develop the skills and capacity of a group of young people (under the Moletele Youth Programme) to understand the value of biodiversity and how to secure it through a proper zonation plan.
- Capacity Development for Water Conservation & Water Demand Management – Maruleng Municipality
Capacity Development for Water Demand & Water Conservation Management Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality
- Overview of Wastewater Treatment in South Africa
- Supporting Learning: The Spiral Approach to Professional Support Initiatives
- Municipal Support Initiative Impacts of Urbanisation on Catchments & Mitigation Measures Under Climate Change [Ba-Phalaborwa & Maruleng Local Municipalities]
- The Role of Municipal Spatial Planning in Managing Water Quality Impacts [Ba-Phalaborwa & Maruleng Local Municipalities]
- Maruleng Municipality: A Profile of the Municipal Area
- Municipal Support Initiative: Guidelines for Spatial Planners in Stormwater Runoff Management
- Municipal Support Initiative: Guidelines for Spatial Planners in Managing Riparian Zones under Climate Change [Ba-Phalaborwa & Maruleng Local Municipalities]
- Using What We Have Wisely! A Water Conservation & Water Demand Management Strategy for Maruleng Municipality
- Water Conservation & Demand Management under Climate Change
- A Water Balance for Municipalities … Made Easy
- Capacity Development for Water Conservation & Water Demand Management in Maruleng Municipality
- Capacity Development for Water Conservation & Water Demand Management in BaPhalaborwa Municipality
- Water Conservation & Water Demand Management in the Olifants Catchment – A Pilot Project
- The Silent Killer? Wastewater Treatment Plants
- A Turnaround Plan for Municipal Waste Water Treatment Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality
- A Guide to the Spatial Planning & Land Use Management Act [SPLUMA]
- Understanding Land Use Planning as an Activity System A Guideline for Spatial Planners
- Field book: Exploring Biodiversity in Landuse Planning & Enterprise Development for the Moletele Youth Programme
- Integrating Biodiversity & Environmental Issues into Municipal Landuse Planning in the Olifants Catchment
- Review of Socio-Ecological Issues in Municipal Planning Instruments – Olifants Catchment Part 1: Evaluation methodology
- Review of Socio-Ecological Issues in Municipal Planning Instruments – Olifants Catchment
- Literature Search: Biodiversity and related issues in the Olifants Catchment
- Protected Areas in the Olifants catchment
- Natural Resources & Land Use: Ga-Mametja village in Olifants catchment
- Oli Enterprises, Integrating Biodiversity and Entrepreneurship in the Olifants Catchment
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