Commonwealth NGOs
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bullet2 Swaziland National Trust Commission

P O Box 100





Type:  Government   

Scope:  national   

Interest in Forestry:  peripheral


The Swaziland National Trust Commission is the parastatal organisation responsible for the conservation of nature and the cultural heritage of the Kingdom of Swaziland.

MISSION STATEMENT:  To conserve the natural and cultural heritage of Swaziland through sustainable utilisation of these resources and promotion of environmental awareness throughout the nation.

Cultural Heritage:  The activities carried out by the Swaziland National Trust Commission with regard to the country's cultural heritage include the operation of the national museum, as well as national monuments, which include the King Sobuza II Memorial Park. Archaeology also falls under the Swaziland National Trust Commission; the archaeology department, in the past, has been responsible for excavations at various locations in the country.

Natural Heritage:  With regard to Swaziland's biodiversity, the Swaziland National Trust Commission is not only responsible for running the country's nature reserves, it also carries out a variety of activities to promote the conservation of Swaziland's flora and fauna throughout the country. These include environmental education and community outreach programmes.

Objectives:  The objectives of the Swaziland National Trust Commission are to:

-Preserve natural and cultural heritage

-Continue to develop nature conservation in the country

-Create awareness and educate the public on conservation of natural and cultural heritage

-Promote tourism relating to the natural and cultural heritage of the country

-Implementation of all activities relating to biodiversity conservation, including responsibilities as recognised by the Swaziland Environmental Authority and other government bodies

-Implementation of other biodiversity related legislation

It is important to ensure that all STNC's activities have a minimum negative impact on the long term conservation of the natural and cultural heritage. The SNTC has a vital role to play in enhancing the quality of life in Swaziland, through conservation of its natural and cultural heritage, in the long term. SNTC's responsibilities are on a national level and are not restricted to existing SNTC managed areas.