In the first instance the concern of this paper is with inquiring, as stated in the title of the paper, into principles and components of a strategic environmental planning and management (EPM) process relevant to the PUI (peri-urban interface). The research focuses attention in particular on the problems and needs of the poor living at the interface. However, before coming to the central theme, various background issues arise which need to be discussed before coming to any conclusions regarding any general approaches. In approaching the subject, what seems to be required in the first instance is a somewhat broader discussion of the overt and hidden purposes of EPM. This needs to be set out in a historic perspective (i.e. how current practice relates to practices of yesteryear) and relative to
the present-day 'frame of mind' and ideological context that will shed more light on the difficulties of implementing planning systems in general and how this might best be approached under present and emerging conditions. This discussion is presented with the final part of the paper moving on to discussing possible principles and components of an EPM praxis relevant to
Principles and components of a strategic EPM process elevant to the peri-urban interface (PUI).