The Garden Route Trust aims to provide an effective umbrella and liaison
body to ensure that the environment of the Garden Route is conserved to
the sustainable social and economic advantage of the entire community.
(Mission Statement proposed and adopted at the first Trustee's Meeting
of 20th July 1996.)
1. Encourage an attitudinal shift within the public in order that future
development is focussed on long term sustainable community advantage
rather than short term profit for the few.
2. Develop and publicise a set of principles, a "Responsible Development
Protocol", which will serve as a yardstick against which development
proposals may be assessed.
3. Establish public support for the remaining "green" areas
along this coastline to be selected, demarcated and declared "Limited
Activity Areas" in accordance with Act 73 of 1989.
4. Promote a review of all legislation covering development and environmental
5. Give active support to those developments which are deemed appropriate
in relation to the Trust's set of guiding principles. (See Responsible
6. Design and deliver educational courses aimed at developing community
awareness which will support the mission of the Trust.
7. Mount publicity campaigns which will support and promote the mission
of the Trust.
8. Formulate and conduct lobbying campaigns to elicit the support of selected
9. Promote the election of public representatives who support the mission
of the Trust to positions in local, provincial and national legislatures.
10. Identify and actively cooperate with all informal groups and established
organisations who are in accordance with the mission of the Trust.
11. Conduct appropriate funding activities to finance the operations of
IMMEDIATE ACTION PLAN
1. Establish a Garden Route Trust Forum in each of the Garden Route towns,
comprising representatives from all relevant local organisations and
interest groups, in order to identify current critical issues and formulate
a coherent and informed response to deal with them. Voluntary action
from a united body is urgently needed to be maximally effective.
2. Extend a comprehensive basic environmental education programme into
all the schools with the cooperation of teaching staff and local conservation
3. Make direct contact with relevant members of Parliament to emphasise
the urgency of the Garden Route environmental crisis. (Meetings with Minister
Pallo Jordan, 5 September 1996 and 30 November 1997, also more recently
with Minister Valli Moosa on 26 September 2001)
Our long term physical, economic and cultural survival depends upon wise
utilisation of our natural resources. We hereby appeal to all the People
of South Africa to assist us in our task.