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Use of veld condition assessment to set objectives and targets for an ISO 14001 environmental management system for Vaalbos National Park

C.M. Bancroft, H. Bezuidenhout, J.G. Nel
Koedoe | Vol 41, No 2 | a249 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v41i2.249 | © 1998 C.M. Bancroft, H. Bezuidenhout, J.G. Nel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 1998 | Published: 01 August 1998

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C.M. Bancroft, Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, South Africa
H. Bezuidenhout,, South Africa
J.G. Nel, Potchefstroom University for CHE, South Africa

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Abstract

ISO 14001 is a procedural approach to environmental management, based on a philosophy of continual improvement. The planning element of ISO 14001, requires that environmental objectives and environmental targets are set to achieve the goals of the environmental policy. The stocking of game in Vaalbos National Park, is an aspect which impacts on the environment. Veld condition assessment, is essential to set objectives and targets for the management of the stocking rates in the park. Regular monitoring and a flexible management style is necessary to accommodate the fluctuation in veld condition caused by varying climatic conditions and other factors. This ties in well with the requirements of ISO 14001, an environmental management system, which requires that short and long term objectives and targets be set for managing an environmental aspects (e.g. veld utilisation) and environmental impacts (e.g. loss of biodiversity) that these targets are regularly monitored and improved upon.

Keywords

environmental management system, ISO 14001, veld assessment, Vaalbos National Park, stocking rates, carrying capacity, wheel point method.

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