DLA Environmental Guidelines

Between 1999 and 2001 Rick de Satgé was contracted as the PLAAS training manager for an 18-month DANCED/Department of Land Affairs training programme linked to the development of Policy and Guidelines on the Integration of Environmental Planning into Land Reform and Land Development. (PGIEP) In 2004 the DLA appointed Phuhlisani Solutions in association with the Environmental Evaluation Unit at the University of Cape Town to design and implement a capacity development and training programme for the Department of Land Affairs to facilitate the implementation of departmental policy and guidelines in all nine provinces. Part of our mandate was the development of an Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Tool. This was designed by Dr Rachel Weinberg of the EEU. The tool involves a five step assessment process: · initial desktop information gathering · putting together a team for fieldwork which includes local informants · doing a field based assessment of the state of the natural resources together with a rapid review of the relevant social, economic and institutional factors, to identify current trends and responses to pressures and changes in the environment · developing a set of indicators to monitor and evaluate environmental changes on the property · preparing an integrated environmental and sustainability assessment which involves mapping the environmental opportunities and constraints and examining how planned activities are likely to impact on the resource base. The assessment provides recommendations to the District Assessment Committee to help them determine in principle project approval and helps frame terms of reference for detailed planning of the project once it has been given the go-ahead to proceed. Phuhlisani Solutions developed a foundation course on environmental issues in land reform which was augmented by a five-day field based learning programme to practically expose participants to using the tool and preparing an integrated environmental assessment. The field based learning programme took place on four different sites: · Covie, a restitution project in the southern Cape in an area of high biodiversity significance · A municipal commonage in Kwazanele, Mpumalanga · Mtakatye in the former Transkei on the Wild Coast · Boskuil, a project involving human settlement, and alluvial diamond mining and livestock farming in the North West province The project resulted in a series of recommendations to the DLA for the integration of the ESA tool into the business processes associated with the planning of different types of projects and their subsequent monitoring and review. To download a copy of the ESA tool and find out more information around the different field based learning processes go through our resources page.

Posted: 5/31/2008 (3:41:43 PM)

Copyright © 2008-2010 Phuhlisani Solutions. All rights reserved.