The release of the Second South Africa Environment Outlook (SAEO)
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.