National Forests Amendment Bill [B11-2016]

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Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries invites you to submit written submissions on the National Forests Amendment Bill [B11-2016].

The Bill seeks to amend the National Forests Act, 1998 (Act No. 84 of 1998), so as to provide for clear definitions of natural forests and woodlands; to provide for public trusteeship of the nation’s forestry resources; to increase the promotion and enforcement of sustainable forest management; to increase the measures provided for in the Act to control and remedy deforestation; to provide for appeals against decisions taken under delegated powers and duties; to reinforce offences and penalties; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Public Hearings on the Bill will be held on Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday, 16 August 2017.

Comments can be emailed to by no later than Friday, 04 August 2017.
Persons interested in making oral submissions should indicate this

Enquiries can be sent to or fax: 086 694 3529, telephone: (021) 403 3765 or 083 709 8391