Environmental Affairs and Water

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Cabinet Approves Environmental Mandates


The country’s position on two environmental issues, to be discussed at international conferences in the following weeks, were approved by cabinet on Wednesday.

According to a statement issued after the session, South Africa’s negotiators at the meeting on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals, to be held in Quito, Ecuador from 4 to 9 November and at the conferences of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as well as the Kyoto Protocol, which will take place from 1 to 12 December in Lima, Peru, were given their mandates.

Protocol on Fishing Safety Heading to Parliament


Parliament will be asked to approve international safety standards for seagoing fishing vessels.

Cabinet decided at its meeting earlier this week that provisions of the Torremolinos Protocol, which lays down standards such as life-saving appliances, radio communication and fire protection, must be sent to parliament for ratification.

EIA Guideline on Need and Desirability Published

Department of Environmental Affairs

Environmental affairs has published another guideline document in its advice series on environmental impact management legislation and regulations.

According to a notice in the Government Gazette (38108 / 891 of 20 October 2014) the latest paper provides guidelines on need and desirability in terms of the environmental impact assessment regulations of 2010.

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