Updated: Mar 21, 2021
Urban-Econ Development Economists (Pty) Ltd and specialists were appointed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of the South African National Parks (SANParks) to develop the Greater Kruger Strategic Development Programme (GKSDP), which is one of the key deliverables of the Kruger National Parks’ (KNP) revised management plan that was approved in November 2018. The GKSDP is an institutional framework and partnership strategy, based on an integrated and compatible landscape approach, with specific focus on the Kruger National Park land claimants and Greater Kruger communities. As part of the agreed upon methodology (seen in the figure below), the GKSDP project includes a very robust stakeholder engagement process. Inclusive of this stakeholder engagement process, are a series of workshops to be hosted during phase three of the GKSDP project.
Expert Working Group Report
Purpose of the document The Expert Working Group Report is designed to provide constructive and collective feedback pertaining to the direction of the concurrent activities of the GKSDP process. It contains critical information of key issues and opportunities that were highlighted during the conduction of each of the Expert Working Groups, as well as listing stakeholders identified to take the GKSDP process forward and describing the important stakeholder input and possible challenges and desired outcomes to take into consideration when conducting the GKSDP.
Objective The objective of the Expert Working Group Report can be described as the following:
Providing feedback on the Expert Working Groups which took place during August and September.
Listing key challenges experienced in the conduction of these Expert Working Groups
Acting as a catalyst with the prescribed development of the Integrated Development Framework
It is the responsibility of the appointed experts and Thematic Task Teams to take ownership of all stakeholder engagement processes and arrangements regarding the formulation of the GKSDP.
Who is this Report for? This Expert Working Group Report is meant to be used as an internal document to be shared and discussed between the Thematic Task Teams involved in the development of the GKSDP.