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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply protected area management planning 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253961  Apply protected area management planning 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is aimed at individuals involved in Protected Area Management operational activities driven by Management by Objectives and adaptive management principles. It enables the application of management planning and participation in the development and implementation of a protected area management plan. Learners will understand the significance and use of Protected area Management Planning in Conservation especially with regard to Management by Objectives and Adaptive Management practices. This will contribute towards the professional development and maintenance of good planning practices and implementation of the qualifying learner.

In particular, on completion of this unit standard, the learner is able to:
  • Plan the prioritised annual operational work activities as determined by the learner's operational protected area management plan.
  • Monitor planned operational activities.
  • Draft an annual report on the implementation outcomes of the annual operations plan. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan the prioritised annual operational work activities as determined by the learner's operational protected area management plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An annual operational (work-activities) plan based on the prioritised objectives of the operational area is drafted for the protected area. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Protected area Purpose/Mission, Management Objectives, Outcomes, Activities, Target Dates, Resource Allocation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The plan is consistent with best practices within conservation management. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    The plan aligns with the vision/mission of the protected areaand, takes into consideration the needs of various stakeholder groups; resource constraints. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Objectives are formulated that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Seasonality of activities, resource constraints.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Objective driven activities are prioritised as it applies to the operational plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Objective driven operational activities are appropriately resourced. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Resource allocations are realistic and adequate.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Monitor planned operational activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Resource allocations are monitored in order to execute planned activities. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Human Resources, Time, Finances, Materials.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Resource allocations are monitored to assess goal achievement. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Human Resources, Time, Finances, Materials.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Draft an annual report on the implementation outcomes of the annual operations plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The draft report meets organisational specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The draft report makes optimum use of visuals where appropriate to maximise communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Goal achievement (or lack of) outcomes planned for will be reviewed and reported on. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Annual operational priorities will be revised for inclusion in the next years operational plan based on goal achievement of lack of and subsequent recommendations including revision of unrealistic objectives and/or goals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Supportive documentation is used, when necessary, to support the report's conclusions and recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The draft report is completed within agreed time frames. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements.
  • Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Basic Management Planning.
  • Management by objectives.
  • Adaptive management.
  • Basic Project Management.
  • The protected area management plan strategic objectives and principles.
  • Infrastructure maintenance planning.
  • Security plans.
  • Catchment management.
  • Soil erosion control programmes.
  • Plant management programmes (e.g. Veld burning, Problem plant control appropriate to the operational area).
  • Operationally appropriate activities relevant to the protected area of the learner. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The identification of problems and the finding of suitable solutions are achieved through applying new concepts and ways of thinking to address problems that occur. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Protected area management planning requires teamwork in the executing of planned work activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organising and self-management is achieved through planning, prioritising and executing work activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The consideration of priorities and operational cycles supports the critical collection, evaluation and analysis of information as it applies to protected area management planning. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The use and application of written and verbal communication is supported through the planning and implementation process of planned actions in the operational environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    A sound grasp of the protected area objectives and goal as well as it's operational activities should be known to the learner prior to completion of this unit standard.

    Annual operational work activities include but are not limited to:
  • Infrastructure maintenance.
  • Security.
  • Plant management.

    The operational activities planned for will be determined by the constraints of the protected area management plan and its objectives.

    The learner should review the annual operational plan in accordance with the protected area objectives and the priorties as set out the annual operations plan.

    Demonstration of the knowledge and skills outlined in this unit standard must be consistent with the principles of:
  • Maintaining essential ecological processes and life-support systems.
  • Maintaining genetic, species and ecosystem diversity.
  • Considering ecological and social rights and responsibilities, whilst ensuring sustainable utilization of species and ecosystems, thereby yielding the greatest sustainable and equitable benefit to present generations whilst maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59949   National Certificate: Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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