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Biodiversity and Conservation

 

Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity
 

Executive summary [740.06 kb]
Part1: The opportunity - the value for nature for local development [1.97 mb]
Part 2:

Part 3: The practice - the options for creating policies that integrate ecosystems services

Part 4: Conclusion

 

 

 

Activity report of the CITES Secretariat 2008 - 2009

 

This document provides a framework for the future development of the existing body of Resolutions and Decisions. While it should provide guidance on how the goals and objectives are to be achieved, the Conference of the Parties, the Committees or the Secretariat as appropriate will take required action. The document also serves the Parties as a tool for the prioritization of activities, and decisions on how best to fund them, in light of the need for the rational application of costs and the efficient and transparent use of resources.
 
 
 

 

 

4th People and Parks Conference report - 2010
 

Executive summary [525.46 kb]
Introduction [287.53 kb]
South African context [909.9 kb]
International context [483.36 kb]
Community feedback [253 kb]
Thematic discussions [3.14 mb]
Site visits [243.42 kb]
Moving forward [244.4 kb]
Appendix 1: Conference delegates [239.33 kb]
Appendix 2: Minister’s keynote [256.84 kb]
Appendix 3: Detailed community concerns [292.26 kb]

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Life: The State of South Africa’s Biodiversity report 2012

 

Life: the State of South Africa’s Biodiversity 2012 is a summary of the National Biodiversity Assessment 2011, which was led by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs, CSIR, South African National Parks and a range of other organisations.

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Life: The State of South Africa’s Biodiversity report 2012

 

 

The viability of legalising trade in rhino horn in South Africa

 

At a Rhino Summit in October 2010, hosted by the then Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, the Department of Environmental Affairs agreed to commission a feasibility study to determine the viability of the legalization of the trade in rhino horn in South Africa. The study had to a) analyse trends in local (national) trade in rhino horn prior to the moratorium that came into effect in February 2009…

 
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The viability of legalising  trade in rhino horn  in South Africa - Report

 

 

Rhino issue management report 

 

This report and its annexures are a compilation of information that includes recommendations for DEA to consider and better understanding of the key issues among the stakeholders regarding sustainable rhino conservation. It is presented with the hope that it will assist in developing a solid national position as South Africa prepares for the upcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Conference of the Parties (COP) 16.

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Rhino issue management report 2013
 

 

 

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site 

 

This report represents the Strategic Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) of the EMF process and serves to plot the way forward for attaining the desired state. The SEMP bridges the divide between the current state of the environment in MCLWHS and the desired state....
 
 
 

Measuring DEA’s Carbon Footprint - 2012/2013 Carbon Footprint Report
 

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South Africa’s Implementation of the 5th World Parks Congress Outcomes - Preliminary Report

 
The report discusses the application of the internationally accepted Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT), developed by the World Commission for Protected Areas (WCPA) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WW F). It is designed as a tracking tool to identify trends over time in the management effectiveness of protected areas.
 
 
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South Africa’s Implementation of the 5th World Parks Congress Outcomes
 

 

 

Traditional Knowledge associated with Rooibos and honeybush Species in South Africa

 
South Africa has a rich cultural and biological heritage and diversity, with an expansive history of linking these through the traditional use of biological resources. Local traditional knowledge (TK) of the value and use of biological resources is unique to a culture or society and is passed from generation to generation through word of mouth and cultural rituals. This traditional knowledge is usually built by a group of people living in close contact with nature...
 
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South Africa's 1st Biennial Update Report
 

 

 

 

Management Effectiveness of South Africa's Protected Areas

 

This report addresses goal 4.2 of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Programme of Work for protected areas. The project leading to the report was a collaborative effort, led by the Forum of Chief Executive Officers of Protected Areas, managed by the Department of Environmental Affairs and with the full participation of the following protected area management authorities

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South Africa's 1st Biennial Update Report

 

This report has been compiled for the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in response South Africa's obligation to provide a Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) before the end of 2014.
 
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South Africa's 1st Biennial Update Report
 

 

 

Sustainable development: green economy / climate change / air quality / SEAs / EIAs 

 

 

 Climate Change Adaptation Plans for South African Biomes

 

The Department of Environment Affairs is driving a national process, with participation of provincial and local government and civil society, to develop climate change adaptation action plans for South African biomes. One of the initial steps is to establish a plan for identifying and prioritising adaptation actions which apply to the broad South African landscape, the ecosystems which occur within it, the species which make up those ecosystems and their ecosystem services such as food and water supply; climate and disease regulation; crop pollination and tourism opportunities provided by the landscapes, and the various economic activities which take place in and depend on those landscapes.
 
This has been called the ‘Adaptation plan for South African Biomes’. A ‘biome’ is the highest level of ecosystem classification. This report covers the nine biomes that occupy most of the land area of South Africa.
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 2nd South Africa Environment Outlook - a report on the state of the environment

 

The 2nd South Africa Environment Outlook (SAEO) report provides a national ‘big picture’ snapshot of how South Africa is performing in terms of short- and long-term responses to changing conditions and to assess the effects of human interventions and management actions.

The report differs somewhat from its predecessors, in the sense that instead of adopting a scenarios-based approach, the thinking developed around the future environmental state has been crystallized using an ‘impact mapping’ tool within the trends in environmental data and socio-economic policy directions that have emerged since the advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994.

 
 
 

 

 

EPWP Phase III Environment & Culture Sector Plan 2014/15 – 2018/19

 
March 2014 marked the end of the second milestone in the implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), which is government’s flagship job creation programme. This programme is only one of government’s many poverty alleviation programmes implemented by various public bodies and coordinated by the Department of Public Works. The Department of Environmental Affairs is responsible for the coordination of the Environment and Culture sector of the programme, which is one of the four sectors through which the EPWP is coordinated.
 
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South Africa's 1st Biennial Update Report
 

 

 

The Non-Motorised Transport (NMT)

 

The Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) agenda seeks to promote safe, healthy, affordable,convinient, efficient and environmentally-friendly modes of transport. In South Africa, NMT is a reality as in many circumstances, it is either the only available mode of transport and or the most affordable one available.
 
The manual is divided into the following chapters:
 

South Africa's 1st Biennial Update Report
 

 

 

Comments and Response Report: 2014 EIA Regulations

 
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Bomo Edna Molewa, made regulations pertaining to Environmental Impact Assessments (R982 - 985 in the Government Gazette 38282), under sections 24(5) and 44 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998). The following document sets out the comments and responses.
 
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South Africa's 1st Biennial Update Report
 

 

 

 

Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC)

 

The Cleanest Town Competition (CTC) was initiated in 2001 with a primary focus in implementing the National Waste Management Strategy. The key elements were reducing, recycling and reusing waste materials. Although the CTC was fairly successful in achieving its primary objectives, developments within the greening movement require the modifications of the concept to embody other elements which are outside the waste management category. The incorporation of the new elements is justifiable within a new name, hence the Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC).
 
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South Africa's 1st Biennial Update Report
 

 

 

National Greening 2010 Framework

 

The framework document provides an overarching roadmap and a reference for all stakeholders in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ with regard to the successful greening of the event. It sets the tone for action in the focus areas and provides a guide for coordination and collaboration with relevant stakeholders. 
 
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Environmental Sustainability Indicators - 2011 technical report 

 

The current report is an update of indicators contained in the 2008 report. All previous reports integrate 9 datasets into a set of 20 indicators of environmental sustainability. The purpose of these indicators is to provide information on our ability to protect our environment over the next decades. In addition, the indicators reflect key factors determining the state of the environment, and show whether we are moving towards environmental sustainability or not.

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Environmental Sustainability Indicators - 2011 technical report

 

 

Interface between carbon budget approach and carbon tax final report

 

This report begins with the premise that a carbon tax will be introduced as the mainstay of South Africa’s carbon mitigation effort. The purpose of this report is to then consider how QBIs can be combined with a carbon tax to support the effective and efficient achievement of DEROs. The report, thus, does not deal with the design of overall climate change mitigation policy in South Africa, but rather with a very specific subset of mitigation policy.

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The interface between a carbon budget approach and a carbon tax - a final report

 

 

COP17/CMP7 Greening Programme: Event Sustainability Report

 

The report sets out to document and assess the COP17/CMP7 National Greening Programme that aimed, amongst others, to give effect to Article 4(1) and Article 4(2) of the Host Country Agreement signed between the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Government of South Africa.

 

Event Sustainability Report for the Greening Programme

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The Green Economy Modelling Report of South Africa: A focus on Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Transport and Energy sectors

 

This report presents the modelling process and the results represented as the South African Green Economy Modelling (SAGEM) report that was developed to test national targets and the effects of investing in a green economy in South Africa. It affirms the current government’s support for a green economy.

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Green Economy Modelling report
 

 

 

 

Measuring DEA’s Carbon Footprint - 2012/2013 Carbon Footprint Report

 

This report presents the carbon footprint of DEA in tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions for the financial year 2012/13. In the current 2012/13 carbon footprint report, 16 different emission sources (categorised under three scopes) were taken into account, calculated and verified.
 
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Measuring DEA’s Carbon Footprint - 2012/2013 Carbon Footprint Report
 

 

 

 

Ngobeni Commission of Enquiry to the President of South Africa: Commission of Enquiry into the Fire at Pretoriuskop Area in the Kruger National Park that broke out on 4 September 2001

 

The Acting President, Mr. J Zuma appointed David Dlamafa Ngobeni as sole member and chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into the Fire at the Pretoriuskop Area in the Kruger National Park that broke out on 4 September 2001. The appointment was promulgated in Government Notice R.1388 in the Government Gazette No. 22944 of 21 December 2001.

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South Africa’s Second National Communication under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

 

This document constitutes South Africa’s Second National Communication (SNC), in which several substantive advances in the national understanding of climate changerelated issues are reported. The document follows suggested UNFCCC SNC guidelines for developing countries in reporting on national circumstances, and a national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for the year 2000.
 
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South Africa country report to the Fourteenth Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development

 

This report is the South African country report to the Commission, which reports on the progress made in the implementation of Agenda 21 with regard to the review, evaluation and monitoring processes. It specifically focuses Industrial Development, Climate Change Air Pollution / Atmosphere and Energy for Sustainable Development. The key elements of the CSD-12 Report include a reflection on lessons learnt, best practice, the identification of actions, opportunities and constraints to the implementation of sustainable development and to the formulation of the NSDS.

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National Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production

 

The National Roundtable was held within the framework of the Marrakech Process on Sustainable Consumption and Production, the process was launched in 2003 as a follow up process to the JPOI target on SCP.

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Environment Outlook: A report on the state of environment of South Africa

 

Message by Minister, about the report, acknowledgements and synthesis [PDF - 2.31 mb]
Part I: Setting the scene [PDF - 5.77 mb]
Part II: State of the environment

Part III: Human vulnerability to environmental change [PDF - 3.22 mb]
Part IV: Outlook 2005 - 2025 [PDF - 1.59 mb] 
Part V: Options for action [PDF - 1.84 mb]

 

 

 

State of Air Report

 

Cover page [567.49 kb]
Foreword, contents and executive summary
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Chapter 1: Introduction [712.94 kb]
Chapter 2: Air quality and sustainable development [1.02 mb]
Chapter 3: Air quality standards and objectives [1.04 mb]

 

 

 

 

GHG Inventory for South Africa 2000 - 2010

 

This report has been compiled for the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in response to South Africa’s obligation to report their greenhouse (GHG) emissions to international climate change bodies. The report is prepared in accordance with the United Nations Framework Convention on  Climate Change (UNFCCC)...
 
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GHG Inventory for South Africa 2000 - 2010
 

 

 

Green Economy COP17 Side Event Report

 

South Africa through its Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) co-hosted the side event entitled “Moving towards a Green Economy” along the fringes of Durban UNFCCC COP 17/CMP7 on 2 December 2011 at the Africa Pavilion.

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Environmental Sustainability Indicators
 

 

2009 technical report

Introduction [1.18 mb]
State of environment systems [1.32 mb]
Reducing environmental stress [1.2 mb]
Reducing human vulnerability [1.09 mb]
Social and institutional capacity to cope [1.24 mb]
Global stewardship [764.04 mb]

 

 

 

2008 technical report

Introduction [208.8 kb]
State of environment systems [1.39 mb]
Reducing environmental stress [934 kb]
Reducing human vulnerability [470.22 kb]
Social and institutional capacity to cope [1.23 mb]
Global stewardship [1.14 mb]

 

 

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Environmental Management Framework Report
 

 

EMF report for Garden Route

Status quo assessment report [17.61 mb]
Report figures [37.27 mb]
Final report [10.68 mb]

 

 

 

EMF report for Olifants and Letaba (OLEMF) rivers catchment areas

Status quo report

Public participation

Project resource documents [75.25 kb]
Ecological reserve report [1.42 mb]
Specification of activities on geographical areas [651.9 kb]
Vegetation [1.18 mb]
Eco-region maps [468.19 kb]
OLEMF final report [15.04 mb]

 

 

 

EMF report for Waterberg district

Framework report

Desired state report

Public participation report

Status-quo report

 

 

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Chemicals and Waste

 

 

National Waste Management Strategy Implementation South Africa: Inception Phase

 

All DANIDA sponsored projects have a formal Inception Phase. During this phase the parties responsible for project implementation review, “fine-tune” and if necessary recommend some revision of conditions laid down in the project document and the project implementation plan. This Inception Report describes the proposed changes to the project document that is ultimately to become an amendment to the inception report.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions associated with Shale Gas Report 

 

Environmental Resources Management Southern Africa (Pty)Ltd (ERM) was commissioned to assist the Department ofEnvironmental Affairs (DEA) in understanding the potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions profile associated with thelife cycle of shale gas extraction, production and use. At the time of publishing, uncertainty exists with regard to the GHG emissions profile, and possible available options for the use of potential shale gas reserves in South Africa.
 
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions associated with Shale Gas

 

 

Appropriate Technology for Advanced Waste Treatment-Guideline

 

This booklet focuses on the recycling and recovery elements of the waste hierarchy; waste prevention and reuse are not covered as these elements are primarily related to behavioural change and product design rather than technological treatment of the resulting waste.

 
 

South Africa’s Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Potential Analysis
 

 

Oceans and Coasts: blue economy, Operation Phakisa, marine

 

State of the Oceans and Coasts around South Africa - 2015 Report Card
 

In this report card, DEA provides brief synopses of some results of monitoring a suite of variables that range from physical and chemical ocean properties to plankton and other biological attributes, which have been chosen as potentially useful indicators of change, health and management of South Africa’s marine and coastal systems..

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State of the Oceans and Coasts around South Africa 2014
 

In this report, aspects of this monitoring and research are briefly elaborated upon. The report considers some features of the physical and chemical oceanography of South Africa’s marine environment and then the plankton of its oceans, which form the basis of the marine food webs.

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South Africa's National Action List for the Screening of Dredged Sediment Proposed for Marine Disposal

 

The national action list will need to balance the sometimes conflicting needs of dredging proponents and the need to protect the ecology of the dredging and dredged spoil disposal environments. Because of conflicting needs and economic realities, the logical approach is to revise the national action list by consulting stakeholders. This report does not, therefore, present a revised national action list, but rather provides stakeholders with information on factors that need to be considered and options for its revision.

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Marine Living Resource Fund annual report 2007/08

 

The report indicates significant progress from previous disclaimed audit opinions and qualifications to the extent that no qualifications or emphasis of matter have been identified in this report. Not only is it indicative of vast improvements in financial and corporate governance, but it also means that the target for an unqualified audit report without emphasis of matter has been achieved two financial years ahead of schedule.

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National action list for screening of dredged material proposed for marine disposal (review and update) 

 

This report does not present a revised National Action List, but rather provides stakeholders with information on factors that need to be considered and options for its revision. An invitation to a technical workshop hosted by the branch Oceans and Coasts of the Department of Environmental Affairs in Cape Town will be extended to certain stakeholders.

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South Africa’s National Coastal Management Programme

 

This document presents South Africa’s National Coastal Management Programme (NCMP) under the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act (Act No. 24 of 2008) (ICM Act) for the period 2013 to 2017. Coastal zones throughout the world have historically been among the most heavily exploited areas because of their rich resources.
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National Coastal Management Programme (NCMP) report
 

 

Mediation and Law Enforcement

 

 

National Environemntal Compliance and Enforcment Report 2015/ 16

The 2015/16 financial year marks the 9th year in which DEA has collaborated with its provincial counterparts and statutory bodies to develop the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER); a joint publication that aims to provide an overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken by the various environmental authorities over the period of a financial year.

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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) 2015/16

 

 

National Environemntal Compliance and Enforcment Report 2014/ 2015

The 2014/15 financial year marks the 8th year in which DEA has collaborated with its provincial counterparts and statutory bodies to develop the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER); a joint publication that aims to provide an overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken by the various environmental authorities over the period of a fi nancial year.
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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER) 2014/15

 

 

National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report 2013/ 2014

The 2013/14 financial year marks the 7th year in which the national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has collaborated with its provincial counterparts and statutory bodies to develop the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER); a joint publication that aims to provide an overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken by the various environmental authorities over the period of a financial year... 

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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report 2012/ 2013

This report, which outlines the work and achievements of the environmental compliance and enforcement sector over the 2012/2013 period, is the sixth of its kind since the inception of the Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI). As the EMI institutions become better at reporting the information each year, so the accuracy of the statistics in the report improve, providing us with a more comprehensive understanding of the important work being done by the environmental compliance and enforcement sector.  

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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report 2011/ 2012

This report marks the sixth of its kind since the inception of the Environmental Management Inspectorate. It outlines the work and achievements of the environmental compliance and enforcement sector over the 2011/2012 period. The landscape of environmental legislation in South Africa has shifted dramatically in the past decade, with a major legislative review producing one of the most comprehensive regulatory environmental frameworks in the world. 

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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report 2010/ 2011

The initiation of this report coincided with the creation of a common set of national compliance and enforcement powers through the establishment of the Environmental Management Inspectorate in 2005. However, it must be noted that the scope of this report extends beyond the work of the Inspectorate, and also includes other regulatory functions executed in terms of provincial legislation. 

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National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report 2009 / 2010

NECER report's objective is to provide a national overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken during the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010. This report reflects the work of all environmental compliance and enforcement officials operating at national and provincial levels; even though certain sections focus particularly on the Environmental Management Inspectorate.

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