Environmental Management Services

The strategic objective of the Environmental Affairs Programme is the conservation of biodiversity and protection of the environment for sustainable development in the Eastern Cape Province.

Sub-programmes run by the Environmental Affairs Programme include the following:

Biodiversity Management
The sub-programme conserves the diversity of landscapes, ecosystems, habitats, biological communities, populations, species and genes in the Province, and promotes conservation and sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of the people of the Eastern Cape.
Coastal Zone Management
Through effective Coastal Management, this section facilitates conservation of diversity of landscapes, ecosystems, habitats, National Land-based sources of Marine Pollution Bioregional Plan in compliance to the Coastal Zone Management Act.
Environmental Quality Management
This sub-programme is responsible for the effective implementation and administration of NEMA EIA Regulations in order to protect the environment by providing reasonable measures for the prevention of pollution and ecological degrading for securing ecologically sustainable development.
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA's)
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) provides a mechanism for implementing sustainable development and ensuring wise use of natural resources.
Environmental Empowerment Services
The sub-programme empowers and capacitates communities, government departments, NGO’s, CBO’s, municipalities and other external stakeholders of the department to participate on issues of meaningful environmental management.
Environmental Compliance and Enforcement
This sub-programme ensures compliance with the relevant environmental legislation and regulations in the Eastern Cape Province and for conducting law enforcement where contraventions have occurred.

An overview of the Department’s environmental management policies and plans taken from the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs (DEDEA) performance plan for 2009/2010:

Monitoring, evaluation, facilitation and reporting on the progress of the Environmental Sector EPWP Projects in partnership with Ndlambe, Chris Hani, Mnquma, Nelson Mandela Metro, Matatiele, King Sabatha Dalindyebo, Elundini, Buffalo City, Mhlontlo, Ngqushwa, Amahlathi local authorities will be implemented.

Enactment of the Eastern Cape Environmental Management Bill and gazetting of its regulations in order to streamline environmental management in the Province.

The Department is responsible for the following;

Amended NEMA EIA Regulations that streamline the assessment of listed activities with respect to proposed developments that will have an impact on the environment.
Waste Management Act that integrates management and control of pollution and waste activities.
Air Quality Act that addresses broader air quality management issues and decentralises authority to Province and District Municipalities. Initiate the process of declaring wetlands at Ingquza Hill Municipality as the first Ramsar site (International Status) in the Province.
The Department is to finalise the;
Eastern Cape State of Environment Report that informs planning for future sustainable utilisation of natural resources.
Environmental Implementation Plan that enables the respective government Departments whose functions have an impacting and/or management responsibility on the environment to commit to cooperative governance.
The Department will further develop the;
Provincial Hazardous Waste Management and General Waste Management Plans that will inform the management of waste in the Province.
Provincial Climate Change Strategy that will outline the vulnerability and adaptation measures to minimise the impact on the environment.

Efforts will be made to resuscitate the Ntabethemba Community wildlife management project adjacent to Tsolwana Nature Reserve for the management of wildlife and hospitality facilities for the benefit of community.

We will strengthen environmental awareness partnerships with key stakeholders in the Province as well as strengthen partnerships with enforcement agencies regarding investigations into organised environmental crime syndicates.

Inspections will be increased to ensure compliance of industries and businesses with legislation that promotes cleaner technology. Communities residing within these municipal areas where Environment EPWP projects will be implemented will benefit from job opportunities created and training provided.

Streamlining of the Environmental Impact Assessment process will speed up turnaround time for processing proposed developments and will contribute immensely to the provision of basic services to the people.

The existing illegal landfill sites will be assessed and authorised or be changed into any other formal waste management operation that will enable municipalities to manage waste that is generated within their areas of operation. 

Information from the waste management plans will inform future waste management options for the Province. Declaration of a Ramsar site in Ingquza Hill Municipality will result into tourism opportunities for the local and surrounding communities.

Transformation of the hunting industry will create opportunities for previously disadvantaged communities to benefit from the economic spin-offs that will lead to participation in and growth of the industry across the Province.

Increased awareness about the importance of the environment and the need to comply with applicable legislation will ensure sustainable development.

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