Consultation on the adoption of a generic environmental management programme (EMPr)

   
Introduction and background
Purpose and objectives
Documents for download
Submissions and enquiries
 
 
           

 

Introduction and background

 

The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, hereby consult on her intention to adopt a generic environmental management programme (EMPr) for the management and mitigation of environmental impacts resulting from the implementation of the Working for Wetlands, LandCare, Working for Water and Working for Ecosystems Projects and the exclusion of these projects from the requirement to obtain an environmental authorisation.

These EMPrs apply to:

  • Rehabilitation projects undertaken by the Working for Wetlands Programme which aim to address the cause of damage or degradation, and re-establish the desired or target flow pattern of wetland systems.
  • All LandCare interventions which aim to rehabilitate, conserve and enhance the productivity of agricultural land. These interventions include hard engineering interventions or interventions with softer less invasive actions and they are often used in combination to achieve the desired objective.
  • All Working for Ecosystems Projects which range from local, small-scale projects to large, landscape-level interventions. The impacts and mitigation measure identified in this EMPr apply to all interventions undertaken through the Working for Eco projects in all provinces irrespective of the implementer.
  • All Working for Water Projects which remove invasive plant species at various scales from local, small-scale projects to large, landscape-level interventions, within a range of different environments including, but not limited to national and private protected areas or environments, public open spaces, private farm lands, government owned land, in ravines, along rivers and streams and high altitude environments.

 

Purpose and objectives

 

The purpose of the EMPr is to provide rules which must be complied with when planning and implementing a Working for Wetlands, LandCare, Working for Water, Working for Ecosystems Projects to:

  • Ensure compliance with the principles contained in section 2 of NEMA and the duty of care requirements, in terms of section 28(1) of NEMA;
  • Set generally accepted mitigation measures to ensure that the impacts associated with the Working for Wetlands, LandCare, Working for Water, Working for Ecosystems Projects are avoided, mitigated and managed in an acceptable manner;
  • Provide a template for the generic impact management outcomes and impact management activities required to avoid, manage and mitigate identified impacts associated with the interventions of a Working for Wetlands, LandCare, Working for Water, Working for Ecosystems Projects;
  • Provide for an integrated registration process for a Working for Wetlands, LandCare, Working for Water, Working for Ecosystems Projects in terms of NEMA and the NWA which is a Specific Environmental Act; and
  • Constitute an environmental management instrument which, once adopted, will allow for the exclusion of activities associated with the Working for Wetlands, LandCare, Working for Water, Working for Ecosystems Projects, identified in the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, Listing Notice 1, Listing Notice 2 and Listing Notice 3 of 2014, as amended, from the requirement to obtain environmental authorisation.

 

Documents for download 

 

 

Submissions and enquires

 

Members of the public are invited to submit written comments or inputs, within 30 days after the publication of notice in the gazette, to the following address:

By post to:

The Director General
Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
Attention: Dr Dee Fischer
Private Bag X447
Pretoria
0001

By hand at:

473 Steve Biko Road
Arcadia
0083

By e-mail:            dfischer@environment.gov.za

Comments or inputs received after the closing date may not be considered.

 

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