The National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act (ICMA) states that District Municipalities are responsible for coastal management within their respective jurisdiction.
The following functions are performed by the District:
· Municipal Coastal Committee (MCC)
Section 42 of ICMA states that: Each metropolitan municipality and each district municipality that has jurisdiction over any part of the coastal zone may establish a coastal committee for the municipality;
The Overberg District Municipality will convene a MCC on a quarterly basis to ensure effective communication with all coastal role players. The Overberg District Municipality is also represented as an elected member on the Provincial Coastal Committee.
· Coastal Management Programme (CMP)
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Section 48 of ICMA states that: (1)(a) A coastal municipality must, within four years of the commencement of this Act, prepare and adopt a municipal coastal management programme for managing the coastal zone or specific parts of the coastal zone in the municipality;
The Overberg District Municipality take responsibility for the drafting of the Coastal Management Programme as required. The Municipality supports the Working for the Coast Programme as a (DEA) national job creation initiative to assist in the implementation of its CMP.
· Coastal and Catchment Monitoring
The Environmental Management unit conduct regular coastal inspections in order to determine if there are any changes/impacts on the coastline pertaining to: