March 26, 2019

Maya Bay on the island of Phi Phi Leh in southern Thailand is known for its isolation and unparalleled beauty, so much so that it was chosen as the filming location for the movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo diCaprio.  In the movie it was featured as a legendary beach...

September 27, 2018

Since I am currently completing my PhD focusing on Grassland conservation, I have decided to focus the next series of our newsletter on this subject.  My thesis is titled “Identifying a grassland national park to contribute towards achieving South Africa’s conservation...

July 17, 2018

This is the final issue on the introduction to Biodiversity Offsetting and gives a summary of the draft legislation that was issued on 31 March 2017.  The legislation will become a part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process once it has been accepted.  In...

June 5, 2018

In this issue I would like to continue our discussion on Biodiversity Offsetting and specifically focus on the principles of offsets and where it fits into Environmental Management in South Africa.

The main goal of offsets is to achieve “no net loss” of biodiversity.  A...

April 19, 2018

On 31 March 2017 the Minister of Environmental Affairs published the Draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy in Government Gazette No. 40733.  Once this legislation is accepted and published, the application of Biodiversity Offsets will become part of the Environment...

March 27, 2018

On 2 March 2018 the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) formally adopted the Gauteng Provincial Environmental Management Framework Standard (GPEMF) and the exclusion of associated activities from the requirement to obtain Environmental Authorisation in terms of t...

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