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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.

To download the report please click here...

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.

Invitation to the 2nd National Stakeholder Workshop for the 3rd South Africa Environment Outlook report
3rd SAEO Process_A3 revisedThe Department of Environmental Affairs would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend and participate at the second national stakeholder workshop for the compilation of the 3rd South Africa Environment Outlook (SAEO) report. The aim of the workshop is to present and discuss the restructured 2nd Draft SAEO report based on the inputs received from the first stakeholder workshop held in December 2017 and the focused meetings held since then.

The restructured draft report comprises of six chapters, which are divided in two different parts. Part 1 contains the ‘introduction’ chapter, which provides the context to the 3rd SAEO Report and describes the methodology taken in its compilation. Part 2 is a candid assessment of the environment and underlines the importance of the environmental perspective for developmental considerations. It analyses past environmental trends and assesses the present state. It highlights where good practices have been established and where policies are not implemented effectively or not working adequately, where anthropogenic activities are overwhelming natural resources and where damaging practices remain a continuing threat to South Africa’s natural resources. It is in this regard that boarder stakeholders are now provided with the opportunity to provide their expert insights into the issues raised in the different chapters in order to enhance the reporting process.

As a valued key stakeholder, you or a representative from your organisation is therefore invited to participate at the 2nd national stakeholder workshop scheduled as follows:

Date: 23rd May 2018

Time: 10h00 to 16h00

Venue: Environment House, 473 Steve Biko Road, Arcadia, Cnr. Steve Biko and Soutpansberg Road, L-B-G-11 - B Ground Floor (Conference Centre).

Kindly RSVP with Mr. Obed Ndhlovu ( / Tel: 012 399 9269) or Ms. Lorato Sebuseng ( / Tel: 012 399 9267) by no later than 14 May 2018.

Workshop agenda is enclosed for easy reference. The link to download the restricted report will also be shared prior to the workshop.

If there are any further queries regarding the 2nd National stakeholders workshop for the 3rd South Africa Environment Outlook report , please feel free to contact:

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

Telephone: (+27) 012 399 9263

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