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System Inertia in the Changing Paradigm for Biodiversity Conservation in South Africa

TA Saidi
M Malivho


South Africa has, since 1994, shown a commitment to a new approach to
biodiversity conservation. Legislation and policy frameworks for conservation for sustainable development have been formulated and promulgated. The aim of this paper is to show that while there has been a change, at a policy level, from the old “conservation without a human face” to the new development for sustainable development, inertia in the policy implementation agencies has meant that the provisions of these new policy frameworks have not been translated into transformed conservation practices and governance systems on the ground.