On July 28 annually, World Nature Conservation Day acknowledges that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and healthy society.
“Conservation means the wise use of the earth and its resources for the lasting good of manking” – Gifford Pinchot.”
ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION ACT 73 OF 1989
(Gazette No. 11927, Notice No. 1188. Commencement date: 9 June 1989)
DECLARATION OF THE TERRITORY KNOWN AS THE PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS TO BE A SPECIAL NATURE RESERVE
Published under Government Notice R1703 in Government Gazette 16796. Commencement date: 3 November 1995
I, Dawid Jacobus de Villiers, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, do hereby in terms of section 18 of the Environment Conservation Act, 1989 (Act No. 73 of 1989), declare the territory known as the Prince Edward Islands, consisting of Marion Island, situated latitude 46 degrees 53’S, longitude 37 degrees 45’E, and the Prince Edward Island, situated latitude 46036’S, longitude 37057’E, above the low-water mark as defined in section 1 of the Sea Fishery Act, 1988 (Act No.12 of 1988), to be Special Nature Reserves.
Prince Edward Island Conservation handbook by M de Villiers, S Chown and J Cooper
An Introduction to the Marion and Prince Edward Island Special Nature Reserve. by C Hanel and S Chown
“.. Even after nearly a week on the island, the landscape catches me unawares. It abruptly draws me out of myself; I empty and it replaces me with its unbridled passion of cloud and rock and water. It is wild but meditative, expanding but compact, always beckoning. I am repeatedly seduced. The island does something to me I can’t explain yet. It overrides me. I feel the shift to new ground inside, a deep excitement, a silence waiting for voice, and a great peacefulness, even when the wind and rain abuse …” – Deborah Tall
The Island of the White Cow, 1986