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Sharples Environmental Services has been actively engaged in the fields of environmental planning, assessment and management since 1998. We are a service-driven Environmental consultancy, typically advising on medium- to large-scale development projects.

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Photos from Sharples Environmental Services cc's post 18/09/2021

International Coastal CleanUp Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in September, this year being September 18th. International Coastal Cleanup Day is the world’s largest volunteer effort for our oceans and waterways. Coastal Cleanup Day was established by the Ocean Conservancy, an organization that works to help protect the ocean from the challenges it faces every year. Coastal CleanUp Day encourages people to rid beaches of waste and spread awareness about preserving and protecting the world's oceans and waterways.
Every day our environment is being threatened by ocean pollution and with this much trash in the ocean, marine life is suffering at an alarming rate. To put this in perspective, there is an island of garbage larger than the size of South Africa inside the Pacific Ocean: The North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California is the largest oceanic garbage site in the entire world. Moreover, the weather and UV Rays cause these plastics to break down into tiny pieces, which then get infiltrated into the environment. Plastics break down into tinier pieces called micro-plastics and then into smaller pieces called nano-plastics. Dr Linda Birnbaum, Retired Director of the American National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, is concerned that these plastics are making their way into the tissues of our bodies. “Nano plastics can easily cross all kinds of barriers, whether it’s the blood-brain barrier or the placental barrier, and get into our tissues,” Birnbaum has said. Breathing in nano plastics might introduce them into our cardiovascular system and bloodstream, for example.
The National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008 provides a framework to establish a system of integrated coastal and estuarine management in the Republic, including norms, standards and policies, in order to promote the conservation of the coastal environment, and maintain the natural attributes of coastal landscapes and seascapes, and to ensure that development and the use of natural resources within the coastal zone is socially and economically justifiable and ecologically sustainable. The Act aims to control dumping at sea, pollution in the coastal zone, inappropriate development of the coastal environment and other adverse effects on the coastal environment. If you require assistance in complying with the Integrated Coastal Management Act, Sharples Environmental Services has the required expertise to assist.
In order to contribute towards International coastal cleanup day, Sharples Environmental Services attended a beach cleanup held by the City of Cape Town at Derdesteen beach in Melkbosstrand. We encourage everyone to grab a hat, sunblock, a pair of rubber gloves, trash bag and head down to one of the many organized beach cleanups this Saturday. Make it an event, invite friends or colleagues. One bag is not just one bag if a thousand people make an effort.
#InternationalCoastalCleanup #InternationalCoastalCleanupDay #beachcleanup #wastemanagement #coastalmanagement #environmental #conservation

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their address. 10/09/2021

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their address.

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their address.

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their address. 10/09/2021

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their address.

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their address.

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their address. 10/09/2021

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their address.

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their address.

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their address. 10/09/2021

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their address.

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their address.

09/09/2021

National Parks Week

South Africa celebrates National Parks Week during the month of September every year. National Parks Week is celebrated with the aim of encouraging people to spend more time in nature and explore their natural heritage. This is done by providing free access for public visitors to Cape Nature reserves (excluding overnight stays), within parks ranging from the West Coast to the Winelands, Overberg, Garden Route and the Klein Karoo, from 13 - 20 September 2021. SANParks, together with Total Energies and FNB will be hosting the annual SA National Parks Week in November 2021 (delayed due to concerns regarding the number of COVID-19 cases across the country) with the opportunity to visit national parks for free. This wonderful once-in-a-year opportunity gives visitors a chance to participate in a number of activities ranging from experiencing historical cultural sites, hiking, picnicking to mountain biking and birdwatching.

National Parks within South Africa are governed by the following acts:

· The National Parks Act no. 57 of 1976. The aim of this act is to provide co-operative governance and a framework for the declaration and management of protected areas in order to affect a national system of protected areas in South Africa. The Act aims to implement this as part of a strategy to manage and conserve the countries biodiversity while promoting the sustainable utilisation of protected areas for the benefit of people, in a manner that would preserve the ecological character of such areas;

· The National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act no. 57 of 2003. The NEM:PA aims to provide for the protection and conservation of ecologically viable areas representative of South Africa’s biological diversity and its natural landscapes and seascapes; for the establishment of a natural register of all national, provincial and local protected areas; for the management of those areas in accordance with national norms and standards; for intergovernmental co-operation and public consultation in matters concerning protected areas; and for matters in connection therewith.

For more information regarding the free access to National parks, please follow the links below

SANParks- https://www.sanparks.org/about/news/?id=58378

CapeNature- https://www.capenature.co.za/news/2021/capenature-offers-free-entry-to-21-nature-reserves

#SANationalParksWeek #LiveYourWild #EnvironmentalManagement #NEMA #NEMPA #Nature #EIA #Conservation #Biodiversity #Environmental

National Parks Week

South Africa celebrates National Parks Week during the month of September every year. National Parks Week is celebrated with the aim of encouraging people to spend more time in nature and explore their natural heritage. This is done by providing free access for public visitors to Cape Nature reserves (excluding overnight stays), within parks ranging from the West Coast to the Winelands, Overberg, Garden Route and the Klein Karoo, from 13 - 20 September 2021. SANParks, together with Total Energies and FNB will be hosting the annual SA National Parks Week in November 2021 (delayed due to concerns regarding the number of COVID-19 cases across the country) with the opportunity to visit national parks for free. This wonderful once-in-a-year opportunity gives visitors a chance to participate in a number of activities ranging from experiencing historical cultural sites, hiking, picnicking to mountain biking and birdwatching.

National Parks within South Africa are governed by the following acts:

· The National Parks Act no. 57 of 1976. The aim of this act is to provide co-operative governance and a framework for the declaration and management of protected areas in order to affect a national system of protected areas in South Africa. The Act aims to implement this as part of a strategy to manage and conserve the countries biodiversity while promoting the sustainable utilisation of protected areas for the benefit of people, in a manner that would preserve the ecological character of such areas;

· The National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act no. 57 of 2003. The NEM:PA aims to provide for the protection and conservation of ecologically viable areas representative of South Africa’s biological diversity and its natural landscapes and seascapes; for the establishment of a natural register of all national, provincial and local protected areas; for the management of those areas in accordance with national norms and standards; for intergovernmental co-operation and public consultation in matters concerning protected areas; and for matters in connection therewith.

For more information regarding the free access to National parks, please follow the links below

SANParks- https://www.sanparks.org/about/news/?id=58378

CapeNature- https://www.capenature.co.za/news/2021/capenature-offers-free-entry-to-21-nature-reserves

#SANationalParksWeek #LiveYourWild #EnvironmentalManagement #NEMA #NEMPA #Nature #EIA #Conservation #Biodiversity #Environmental

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their business hours. 03/08/2021

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their business hours.

Sharples Environmental Services cc updated their business hours.

14/07/2021

July 14th is Celebrated as Shark Awareness Day.

Sharks are one of the oldest living species on the planet, with fossil records proving they existed up to 420 million years ago. Although reducing, there are approximately 500 species of this misunderstood marine animal, ranging from the tiny Dwarf Lantern Shark, able to fit into the palm of your hand, to the gigantic Whale Shark, which can measure up to 10m. In South African waters, Sharks such as Bronze Whaler, Oceanic Whitetip, Tiger and Great White Sharks, amongst others, can be found.

Sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain, serving as an indicator of ecosystem health. Therefore, the conservation of sharks is important. Sadly, practices such a Shark finning are threatening shark populations. In the past 20 years, the demand for shark fin soup has increased, leading to a decline in population numbers.

To conserve sharks and other marine life, 5 percent of South Africa’s oceans have been classified into 41 Marine Protected Areas (MPA's). MPA's help manage part of the marine environment to promote fisheries sustainability, keep marine ecosystems working properly, and protect the range of species living there, helping people to benefit from the ocean. In South Africa, Marine Protected Areas are declared through the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act in order to manage and conserve its biodiversity. The National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008 provides further framework for co-ordinated and integrated management of the coastal zone by all spheres of government.
#SharkAwarenessDay #Sharks #SharkDay #Conservation #MarineProtection #Oceans #Sealife

July 14th is Celebrated as Shark Awareness Day.

Sharks are one of the oldest living species on the planet, with fossil records proving they existed up to 420 million years ago. Although reducing, there are approximately 500 species of this misunderstood marine animal, ranging from the tiny Dwarf Lantern Shark, able to fit into the palm of your hand, to the gigantic Whale Shark, which can measure up to 10m. In South African waters, Sharks such as Bronze Whaler, Oceanic Whitetip, Tiger and Great White Sharks, amongst others, can be found.

Sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain, serving as an indicator of ecosystem health. Therefore, the conservation of sharks is important. Sadly, practices such a Shark finning are threatening shark populations. In the past 20 years, the demand for shark fin soup has increased, leading to a decline in population numbers.

To conserve sharks and other marine life, 5 percent of South Africa’s oceans have been classified into 41 Marine Protected Areas (MPA's). MPA's help manage part of the marine environment to promote fisheries sustainability, keep marine ecosystems working properly, and protect the range of species living there, helping people to benefit from the ocean. In South Africa, Marine Protected Areas are declared through the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act in order to manage and conserve its biodiversity. The National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008 provides further framework for co-ordinated and integrated management of the coastal zone by all spheres of government.
#SharkAwarenessDay #Sharks #SharkDay #Conservation #MarineProtection #Oceans #Sealife

Photos from Sharples Environmental Services cc's post 08/06/2021

Today Sharples Environmental Services celebrates World Oceans Day, a day dedicated to the protection of our oceans and the support for sustainable management of its resources. South Africa has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, stretching 3000km from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic (western) coast southwards around the tip of Africa and then northeast to the border with Mozambique on the Indian Ocean. This years theme is “The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods” couldn’t be more relevant. With a growing global human population and encroaching coastal development, the long-term survival of marine ecosystems – and the many people that rely on them – are under threat. Contributing factors include overfishing, pollution, lack of governance and climate change. Our Oceans play a fundamental role in sustaining life with Oceans producing 70% of our oxygen, absorbing vast amounts of carbon dioxide and driving the Earth's weather systems. They are also an essential source of food, feeding over a billion people. 10% of the world’s population rely on fishing-related activities for their livelihoods, from commercial and small-scale fishing to transport and tourism. The marine environment also holds great economic value, with South Africa’s coastal goods and services contributing a third to our gross domestic product. So its clear, we need our Oceans!

In an attempt to promote sustainability and protect South Africa’s Oceans, South Africa has proclaimed 5% of its mainland ocean as Marine Protected Areas (MPA). MPA’s are declared and managed in terms of the National Environmental Management Protected Areas Act (Act 57 of 2003). MPA’s are areas of coastline or ocean that is specifically protected for the benefit of nature and people. The National Environmental Management Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008 provides the framework for Co-ordinated and Integrated management of the coastal zone by all spheres of government. Sharples Environmental Services is dedicated to protecting our oceans through the responsible application of these acts and many others.
#WorldOceansDay #SaveOurOceans #OceanClimateAction #PlasticFree

Photos from Sharples Environmental Services cc's post 27/05/2021

World Turtle Day is celebrated every year on May 23rd with the intention of spreading awareness to help conserve turtle populations. There are only seven species of sea turtles on Earth, and all of them except two (the Flatback turtle and Kemp's Ridley turtle) visit South Africa. Sadly, all five of the species that occur in South African waters appear on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, including the Green Turtle pictured below. In an attempt to conserve marine life and promote sustainability, 5 percent of South Africa’s oceans have been classified into 41 Marine Protected Areas. Marine Protected Areas help manage part of the marine environment to promote fisheries sustainability, keep marine ecosystems working properly, and protect the range of species living there, helping people to benefit from the ocean. In South Africa, Marine Protected Areas are declared through the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act in order to manage and conserve its biodiversity. The National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008 provides further framework for co-ordinated and integrated management of the coastal zone by all spheres of government.
#WorldTurtleDay #Shellebrate #Turtles #Conservation #MarineProtection #Oceans

Photos from Sharples Environmental Services cc's post 20/05/2021

The United Nations has proclaimed the 22nd of May “International Day for Biological Diversity”.
The Biodiversity Day 2021 slogan has been revealed to be, “We’re part of the solution”. This aims to increase the understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues, and fortify that biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.

For more information regarding Biological Diversity, its importance and the role it plays in the EIA process, follow the link below to our LinkedIn page to view the article.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/international-day-biological-diversity-

#biodiversity #BiodiversityDay #environment #conservation #EIA #sustainability #green #environmentalmanagement

Photos from Sharples Environmental Services cc's post 07/05/2021

International Composting Awareness Week, a week dedicated to creating awareness regarding the benefits of composting. The composting industry in South Africa plays an integral part in sustainable waste management. Composting often ranges from small scale backyard operations to large scale industrial operations.

The South African Waste Information Centre provides an insight into the legislation relevant to composting in South Africa. The National Organic Waste Composting Strategy aims to ensure that organic waste generated in South Africa is diverted from landfill sites for composting through integrated and sustainable waste management planning. The National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008, explains that a Waste Management Licence may be required for large scale composting facilities, quantity dependent.
The National Organic Waste Composting Strategy https://orasa.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/3635-The-National-Organic-Waste-Composting-Strategy.pdf
National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/201409/32000278.pdf ) .

If you are interested in ensuring your composting or waste management facility is compliant, contact Sharples Environmental Services.

#Composting #GrowEatCompostRepeat #Compost #InternationalCompostingAwarenessWeek #ICAW #Sustainability #WasteManagement #WasteLicencing