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Welcome to State of the Environment South Africa
A report on the state of the environment for South Africa
02/09/2016
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
14/12/2014
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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 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.

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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.



The release of the Second South Africa Environment Outlook (SAEO)
DSC 0062The 2nd SAEO report provides a national ‘big picture’ snapshot of how South Africa is performing in terms of short- and long-term responses to changing conditions and to assess the effects of human interventions and management actions.

The main report consists of four parts which are structured as follows:

• Part I which is an introductory part which sets the scene for the report. The following chapters have been discussed in detail under Part I: Introduction; What’s affecting our environment; Sustainability in South Africa; Governance; and Human Settlements;

• Part II which consists of specialist chapters which discuss the current environmental state in terms of specific themes and identify theme-specific trends in environmental change. The eight specialist chapters are: Land; Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health; Inland Water; Oceans and Coasts; Air Quality; Climate Change; Energy; and Waste Management;

• Part III which is the Environmental Outlook section which shapes the information on environmental trends from the specialist chapters within possible future scenarios in order to anticipate the strategic decisions and actions that need to be taken in order to avoid environmental degradation; and,

• Part IV which explores different options for action to guide policy formulation and decision making processes.





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