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Welcome to State of the Environment South Africa
World Rhino Day - Not on our watch, save our rhinos
19/09/2014

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The rhinoceros is a large, primitive mammal and is one of the big five animals in South Africa. There are two types of rhinoceros species which form a magnificent part of our cultural and natural heritage for thousands of years, namely Black and White rhinos.

Rhino species have distinct features which are used to differentiate one from the other. The White rhino is a grazer, feeding on grasses and the Black rhino is a browser. Despite their differences, their sense of smell and hearing are very good.

In recent decades rhinos have been relentlessly hunted to the point of near extinction. Over 90 per cent of Africa’s white rhino occur in South Africa. (Department of Environmental Affairs, Rhino Issue Management Report, 2013).


World Ozone Day - Protecting Ozone, Protecting You
15/09/2014

ozone day 2014 thumbnailWorld Ozone Day is a product of the Montreal Protocol Convention under the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), seeking to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the ozone depleting substances.

Ozone plays an important role by protecting humans and other life on earth from harmful ultraviolet light from the sun. However human activities have been producing chemicals which have been released into the atmosphere and have contributed to the depletion of this protective layer.

Due to the emissions released into the atmosphere, international agreements were put in place in order to limit such emissions.



Environmental Sustainability Technical report 2012
08/04/2014
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The South African constitution recognises that everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being and also recognises the right to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations.

The 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 2012 Environmental Sustainability Indicators report please click here


Environmental Sustainability Indicator - Technical Report 2011 released
25/04/2013
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


Municipal Biodiversity Summary Project
04/10/2010

 

Biodiversity-Profiles
Municipalities have a significant role to play in biodiversity conservation. In support of this role, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) identified the need to provide municipalities with good quality biodiversity information that is easily accessible. The Municipal Biodiversity Summary Project aims to make biodiversity information, including spatial data, available to municipalities to support them in their reporting responsibilities such as the drafting of State of Environment Reports. 
 


The Southern Africa Environment Outlook 2008
24/03/2010
 
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.

Download report (PDF)


State of the Climate in 2008
14/10/2009
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.



2012 South Africa Environment Outlook report process
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The Department of Environmental Affairs is in the final stages of the drafting of the 2012 South Africa Environment Outlook (SAEO). Once published the report will be available for download from this website.



For any questions and comments please contact:

Ms Anna Mampye
Tel (012) 310 3618



North West Province State of the Environment - 2013
With this project, the Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (NW DEDECT) aims to consolidate information on issues of importance in the North West, in order to update and revise the Environmental Outlook report for the Province. This will be the fourth instalment of the State of Environment Report for the North West, the previous reports having been published in 1995, 2002 and 2008.


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Further information can be obtained from:

Mr. Ndivhuwo Tshivhase
Directorate: Environmental Planning & Coordination
NW-DEDECT
Private Bag X2039
Mmabatho
2735

Tel. (018) 389-5130
ntshivhase@nwpg.gov.za

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