Biodiversity & ecosystems
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Sectors of the economy
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Welcome to State of the Environment South Africa
A report on the state of the environment for South Africa
DSC 0062This 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. The aim of this approach was to highlight critical areas, where debates and interventions need to occur and which require understanding, co-ordination and co-operation across the different sectors and decision-making levels of society, from the individual and community level to the corporate and government level.

For more detailed information you are encouraged to read the comprehensice report. 

Measuring DEA’s Carbon Footprint - 2012/2013 Carbon Footprint Report
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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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Environmental Sustainability Indicator - Technical Report 2011 released
coverpage reduced sizeThe South African constitution recognises that everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and the right to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations. The 2011 Environmental Sustainability Indicator Technical Report aims to provide some information on the country's ability to protect its environment. The report further aims to provide an indication on whether the country is moving towards a future of environmental sustainability.  

To download the 2011 Environmental Sustainability Indicators report please click here

The Southern Africa Environment Outlook 2008
Southern Africa Env Outlook
The Southern Africa Environment Outlook is an integrated assessment of the state and trends of key environmental resources, including land, freshwater, marine and coastal resources, forests and woodlands, and wildlife. The report showcases some of Southern African Development Community’s work and achievements over the past 10 years.

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State of the Climate in 2008
State of Climate 2008
According to State of the Climate in 2008, a special supplement to the August, 2009, issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, the global mean temperature in 2008 was slightly cooler than that in 2007; however, it still ranks within the 10 warmest years on record.

Compilation of the third South Africa Environment Outlook synthesis report
3rd SAEO Process_A3 revisedThe National Department of Environmental Affairs has initiated a process of reviewing the 2nd South Africa Environment Outlook (SAEO) and compiling the 3rd SAEO synthesis report.The intention of this process is to compile the 3rd SAEO report in a transparent and consultative manner.  Stakeholders will therefore be afforded the opportunity to review and comment on successive versions of the draft report. 

The following key steps of the stakeholder engagement and communication process are envisaged:

• Submission of initial inputs through a stakeholder survey. The survey will assist in soliciting views to inform the content of the report and products of the project;
• Hosting of two national consultation workshops to discuss and solicit inputs on the draft versions of the report;
• Submission of draft chapters to sector departments and provinces for review and comment;
• Uploading of all the draft versions of the report on the DEA SoE portal ( for public and stakeholder review; and
• Facilitation of a peer review process for the consolidated manuscript.

It is anticipated that the SAEO development process will take approximately twelve months to complete. All stakeholders’ interested in participating in the process of developing the 3rd SAEO synthesis report are encouraged to register their details on the project database. Registration form and submission of inputs or comments may be directed to:

Ms Anna Mampye
Environment House
473 Steve Biko Road
Arcadia EXT 06

Telephone: (+27) 012 399 9263

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