Environmental Impact Assessments. Waste Management Licenses. Air Emission Licenses. S24G rectificati This firms implements and facilitates applications ito the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), National Environmental Management Waste Act (NEMWA) and the National Environmental Management Air Quality Act (NEMAQA).
Our services include the following: environmental impact assessments (EIA), basic assessments (BAR), environmental compliance & monitoring (ECO), air emission licenses (AEL), waste management licenses (WML), environmental management plans (EMP) and rectification applications (S24G). Our projects include, but are not limited to solar and wind farms, anaerobic biogas plants, composting facilities, applications for storage and irrigation dams, clearing of indigenous vegetation, rehabilitation, coastal erosion stabilisation installations, aquaculture projects, residential and infrastructure projects, establishment and expansion of abattoirs and feedlots, construction of roads, electrical transmission lines, cemeteries, waste water treatment works and upgrade of airfields.
Operating as usual
Happy Earth Day 2021!!! Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.
Collectively there are many things we can each do on a daily basis to support our ecosystems. Just try one thing every day!!
To follow various Earth Day events, check out the site below:
Earth Day: The Official Site | EARTHDAY.ORG Visit the official Earth Day site to learn about the world's largest environmental movement and what you can do to make every day Earth Day.
Evaluating your potential fire risk is critical, especially as we have seen recently in Cape Town and over the last few years in the Garde Route!
RISK CASSIFICATION METHODS
“A veld fire risk assessment provides a basis for prioritizing action and for the assigning resources to identified risk areas.
Wildfire Risk Classification
Use existing reports and observations to assume a critical fire scenario for each fuel type. This is also referred to as determining the existing fire hazard. Following this step, the likelihood and consequences of a fire scenario have to be judged. This can also be viewed as the vulnerability and resiliency of an asset to fire (manmade or natural). The accumulative result of the hazard and vulnerability posed by a veld fire will add up to the risk.
A veld fire risk assessment provides a basis for prioritizing action and for assigning resources to identified high risk areas. Although the method above explained can provide a crude basis for strategic fire management in a region or province, it is important for landowners to use a refined risk classification on their properties to facilitate effective fire management. Risks are usually classified in five categories from low to high. The same color code (blue, green, yellow, orange and red) as used to indicate the fire danger rating, is used on maps to indicate the fire risk.” (Source: Fire Managers Handbook on Veld and Forest Fires – 2nd Edition, South African Edition)
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Indeed, where is away????
Throw away your rubbish - but where is "away"?
Packaging waste is the biggest contributing sector to plastics waste in South Africa. The packaging sector contributes to almost 60% of the total plastic leakage with 46 kt of packaging waste leaking into oceans and waterways, according to The National Guide for Plastic Pollution Hotspotting and Shaping Action. Consumption trends have influence, it is critical that we engage both producers and consumers in tackling this issue.
#recycle #trashtalk #packaging
Photos from Southern Cape Fire Protection Association's post
Organic waste removal from landfill is an important strategy in our country's waste management. And most organic waste can be reused beneficially!!!
The national Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries has gazetted the draft National Norms and Standards for the Treatment of Organic Waste. This has massive implications for orgnanic material reuse and opens up a large aspect of the green waste economy.
Follow the link below to review the document and have your say.
Western Cape beachgoers please keep an eye out for stranded turtles. If found contact your nearest Turtle Rescue Network Point or phone 083 300 1663.
Watch out for stranded turtle hatchlings, Western Cape beachgoers urged | News24 The Two Oceans Aquarium has appealed to the public to assist in rescuing stranded sea turtle hatchlings on Western Cape beaches.
Groen Sebenzs internships available with SANBI. See ad beloe
Groen sebenza III - Internships - SANBI Groen Sebenza is aimed at developing priority skills in the biodiversity sector to create sustainable job opportunities for unemployed graduates […]
Photos from Invasive Species South Africa (ISSA)'s post
Photos from Invasive Species South Africa (ISSA)'s post
The 2nd National Indaba on Ecological Infrastructure Virtual Event will begin at 09:00AM this morning. Click on registration link for the 2-days Zoom Webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XSrKInJCQ7eo4InVrlgXiQ
OUR BURNING PLANET 168: Global invasion under way as aliens drop in from the sky SA is just one of at least 37 countries that have borne the brunt of a rose-ringed parakeet invasion. Their ability to establish themselves in new territories has some states formulating ways to eradicate the birds.
YOU'RE INVITED to join the 2nd episode of our BotSocSA Conservation Webinar - an introduction to Ecological restoration.
As 2021 is the launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, we'll be chatting to plant ecologist Dr Pat Holmes about some principles behind ecosystem restoration and how we can play an active role in restoring South Africa’s many damaged ecosystems.
Examples from the Nama Karoo (by Dr Sue Milton-Dean), the banks of the Breede & Berg Rivers (Phil McLean) and the KZN Midlands (Isabel Johnson) will showcase the variety of restoration work already taking place across South Africa.
Join us on Thursday 25 February at 5pm via Zoom to be part of the conversation. Numbers are limited on Zoom, but you can watch live via YouTube or Facebook. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/ConservationWebinar25Feb2021
We can all contribute to our national wealth!!
Photos from Invasive Species South Africa (ISSA)'s post
Biogas enthusiasts please take note!!!
Reminder to sign up for our upcoming free webinar where we will be launching our South African biogas market position paper. All details and registration can be found here: http://bit.ly/2ZnzQfV
They say good fences make good neighbours but what about the wildlife?
Did fences cause the elephant deaths in Botswana? - Africa Geographic A new study examines whether fences could have impacted the elephant deaths in the Seronga region of Botswana in mid-2020
Hoekwil 2016, Knysna 2017, George 2018. Lest we forget
#wildfire #hoekwil #wilderniss #scfpa #dirksmit
You are all invited to tune into this African Swimways webinar, to celebrate and learn more about how we want to save rivers in Africa for migratory fish and people. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to lean from experts about migratory fish and river connectivity in Africa.
Yes to rivers, Yes to biodiversity and Yes to Africa
Yes to all three? Then this webinar is for you!
Join us on February 25th, 2021 at 11:00 South African time.
In this special webinar, hosted by the partners of the African Swimway initiative, World Fish Migration Foundation, Reaching Rivers, University of Mpumalanga, SANParks, OAK Consultants and BOKU University, we will introduce the topic of swimways and discuss how we want to address issues. Special guests will share their stories, experiences and inspire us all to take action.
This webinar is meant for all people who want to save rivers in Africa for migratory fish and people. The webinar will take place on Zoom. The full program will be available in February, but for now you can check out who will be presenting and what topics will be covered on the registration page.
Follow this link to register and read more about the webinar:
We hope to see you all there on the 25th February from 10:00 – 14:00 (CET/GMT+1). Do not hesitate to forward this within your network, we truly appreciate the support!
Get out, get involved
You snooze you loose!
A really fun chance to learn, take part and record local biodiversity. Boots, sun hat, sun screen, camera or cell phone and being outside in the glorious veld is all it takes.
For training or assisting with organising this year's event, please get in touch!
The Core Committee for City Nature Challenge on the Garden Route is a collaboration of volunteers from various organisations and NGO's. Enthusiastic participation and help would be appreciated. Contact Christine [email protected] to find out about training schedules or indicate where you can fit in.
Aloe pavelkae is a rare, medium-sized, cliff-dwelling aloe, with drooping rosettes of green leaves. It is cluster-forming, with the stems becoming pendent, up to 1.5 m long. It is only known from the Hunsberge in southern Namibia of the lower Orange River Valley. #PlantOfTheWeek
This is very worrying. Can you picture adding in all the other problem plants!
The distribution of invasive water hyacinth in South Africa - as seen by a new monitoring tool from Google Earth.
@Wits_News #biologicalinvasions #EarthObservation #CIB #waterhyacinth
Our #PlantOfTheWeek is Holothrix randii. This orchid is easier to spot among the grasses in the morning, because the flowers look shiny and silver from a distance. A closer look at the front of a flower, reveals its maroon anther inside the fringed white petals.
📸: Richard Gill
Cape Town volunteers needed
Stay firewise this season
Remember that reporting a fire quickly can mean the difference between minor damage and total devastation. CapeNature appeals to the public to be the hero this holiday season – be on the lookout and report any smoke or fire immediately. Help us act quickly and save precious biodiversity, lives and infrastructure. Call 112 from a cell phone and 10177 from a landline.
South African National Biodiversity Institute
South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Makhanda, Eastern Cape
Join us for our annual student symposium with 60+ scientific presentations & 3 special guest speakers.
NRF-SAIAB will be hosting its annual Student Symposium on Tuesday, 8 December 2020 in collaboration with Scifest Africa. This will be the second instalment of the symposium, which originally started in November 2019 to commemorate SAIAB’s 50th Anniversary. All students supervised at SAIAB give 5 minute presentations on their research work as well as Post-doctoral fellows and supervisors.
The presentations for this year’s Symposium will be grouped under three general themes: Fisheries, Conservation and Biodiversity & Ecology. The presentations will also highlight contributions to applied science, and the Institute’s aims to addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals within the African context.
Prizes will be awarded for the top student presentations.
SAVE THE DATE!
DECEMBER 8, 2020 | 07:30AM FOR 08:00AM
Zoom Webinar Link: https://bit.ly/SAIABStudentSymposium
For more info, visit our website to download the Book of Abstracts and Provisional Programme: https://www.saiab.ac.za/features/saiab-student-symposium.htm
National Research Foundation Rhodes University SANCORCommunity ATAP - Tracking fish movements Olaf's Research at SAIAB Freshwater Research Centre ACEP KZN Wildoceanssa Department of Botany & Zoology - Stellenbosch University Youth for MPA's South African Youth Centre for Climate Change Ocean Impact Save Our Seas Foundation
Keep your firewood invasive!!!
m-net.dstv.com The summer holidays are nearly here and South Africans love to braai. But do you know where your wood comes from? With the massive demand for firewood seemingly unending – illegal loggers are using the gap to provide bulk-supply to an ever-hungry market. Carte Blanche investigates how wood poachin...
Keep up to date with environmental events in 2021
2021 is the year to #buildbackbetter.
Please feel free to use and share the WESSA Environmental Days calendar to plan your environmental events and activities for next year. We are ready to partner with organizations who are committed to the SDGs and where we can provide support with your environmental awareness campaigns. Go to www.wessa.org.za
Be firewise this season
Please stay alert this summer and report any sign of smoke or fire - your action can save lives. See the emergency numbers below.
Sometimes you don't have to go far to find beautiful wildlife!!
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