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Request for previously disadvantaged individuals with access to land to register in database of biodiversity economy programme

Request for previously disadvantaged individuals with access to land to register in database of biodiversity economy programme

 

 

Previously disadvantaged individuals / communities with access to land with potential for game farming; communities with notable populations and distributions of indigenous plants, nurseries and / or processing facilities are requested to register in the database of the department.

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Invitation to IPBES’ webinars to register as external reviewer

Invitation to IPBES’ webinars to register as external reviewer

 

The external review for the second order drafts of the chapters and the first order drafts of the summaries for policymakers (SPM) of the IPBES regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia, as well as the IPBES land degradation and restoration assessment, is well underway and will continue until 26 June 2017.

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International Day for Biological Diversity

International Day for Biological Diversity

 

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.The 2017 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will be celebrated under the theme, 'Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism'.

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Notice of the procedure to be followed in applying for EA for public comments

Notice of the procedure to be followed in applying for EA for public comments

 

Minister of Edna Molewa has given notice of the procedure to be followed in applying for environmental authorisation, in terms of section 24(5) of the NEMA, 1998 and Regulation 15 of the EIA Regulations, 2014 for large scale wind and solar photovoltaic development activities. Members of the public are invited to submit to the Minister, within 30 days after the publication of this Notice.

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Early draft of the National Status Report on Biological Invasions in South Africa

Early draft of the National Status Report on Biological Invasions in South Africa

 

As you may be aware, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), in collaboration with the CIB DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (C•I•B) at Stellenbosch University, is currently in the process of compiling South Africa’s first National Status Report on Biological Invasions. SANBI invites comments on any part of the report by no later than 26 May 2017.

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Draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy for public comment

Draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy for public comment

 

The aim of the National Biodiversity Offset Policy is to ensure that significant residual impacts of developments are remedied, as required by NEMA, thereby ensuring sustainable development takes place in line with the Constitutional Right to an environment that is not harmful to the health and well-being of all who live in South Africa.

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Business and Biodiversity in South Africa

Business and Biodiversity in South Africa

 

Biodiversity is no longer a remote obscure concept but a reality for many of our South African businesses. South Africa’s biodiversity provides an important basis for economic growth and development.

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Operation Phakisa contributes to job creation in South Africa

Operation Phakisa contributes to job creation in South Africa

 


Oceans economy is important in catalysing economic growth and boosting job creation, as part of government's Nine Point Plan. Operation Phakisa is a major initiative by government to address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality in South Africa.

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22 May 2017 - The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr. Edna Molewa and her Deputy, Ms. Barbra Thompson, will brief the media on the Department’s Budget Vote to be delivered in the National Assembly on Thursday 25 May 2017. The Minister and the Deputy Minister will deliver the Department of Environmental Affairs’ 2017/18 key priorities.


22 May 2017 - The Department of Environmental Affairs today marks the International Day for Biological Diversity- under the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism.” The theme has been chosen to coincide with the observance of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.


18 May 2017 - Urgent postponement notice: please note that this event has been postponed until further notice. The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa will on Friday, 19 May 2017 officially hand over the Mohlakeng Waste Recycling Buy Back Centre in Mohlakeng, Randfontein.


11 May 2017 - The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) SA Agulhas II will be returning from her logistical and scientific voyage from Marion Island, on Friday 12 May 2017. Aboard the ship will be the Marion 73 expedition team, as well as a host of researchers and scientists from DEA.


10 May 2017 - Over the past week, there have been several reports of Great White Shark carcasses washing ashore. Of the three recovered carcasses, two were in Gansbaai and one in Struisbaai. Examination of the carcasses showed that all three had had their livers removed and had bite indentations that were consistent with a killer whale predation.