The section of the website strictly provides information / documens / reports on projects undrtaken by the department and events that were conducted by the department / events (discussions) that the department participated or became negaged in. Events may be in a form of workshops, high level (international) conferences, and so on. 

Biodiversity and conservation
Sustainable Development: Green Economy / Climate Change / Air Quality / SEAs / EIAs
Chemicals and Waste Management 
Fisheries, oceans and Coasts: Blue Economy / Operation Phakisa /  Marine
Compliance and Law enforcement


Biodiversity and Conservation



The Environmental Offsetting Discussion Document Project, 2015

In the South African context, environmental offsets are a relatively new mechanism intended to enhance sustainable development outcomes. The purpose of this document is to stimulate discussion around the concepts and principles of environmental offsets amongst as wide a group of stakeholders as possible, in order to assess the need and content requirements for a national policy framework.

This document therefore does not represent government’s perspective on any of the issues involved – it cannot, because as yet the department does not have a policy on offsets.

Follow the links below to access the discussion document and other related/supporting documents:


Environmental Offsetting discussion project




4th People and Parks Conference report - 2010

Executive summary [525.46 kb]
Introduction [287.53 kb]
South African context [909.9 kb]
International context [483.36 kb]
Community feedback [253 kb]
Thematic discussions [3.14 mb]
Site visits [243.42 kb]
Moving forward [244.4 kb]
Appendix 1: Conference delegates [239.33 kb]
Appendix 2: Minister's keynote [256.84 kb]
Appendix 3: Detailed community concerns [292.26 kb]







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South Africa's Implementation of the 5th World Parks Congress Outcomes - Preliminary Report


The report discusses the application of the internationally accepted Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT), developed by the World Commission for Protected Areas (WCPA) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WW F). It is designed as a tracking tool to identify trends over time in the management effectiveness of protected areas.    

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South Africa's Implementation of the 5th World Parks Congress Outcomes



Sustainable Development: Green Economy / Climate Change / Air Quality / SEAs / EIAs



Towards sustainable development and green economy evidence strategy: workshop report

Mapula Tshangela, Nikki Funke, Ajoy Datta & Louise Shaxson

This report documents the workshop engagements and recommendations to provide inputs into the Sustainable Development and Green Economy (SD&GE) Evidence Strategy. The workshop was hosted on 30 May 2016 at the department  in Pretoria. The Evidence Strategies are developed as part of implementing the environment sector research, development and evidence (R,D&E) framework1 approved by the Environment Minister and Members of Executive Council (Minmec) in 2012.

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Green Economy for Sustainable Development Evidence Framework



 The third Non-Motorised Transport Conference report 2020

Developing cycling cities 

The South African Government, represented by the Department of Environment Forestry and Fisheries (previously Department of Environmental Affairs) and with the National Department of Transport, and in partnership with the Federal Government of Germany, represented by KfW Development bank, hosted the 3rd National Non-Motorized Transport Conference on 05 and 06 of November 2019 at the Premier Hotel, Kempton Park. The aim of the Conference was to provide delegates with the opportunity to debate, reflect and share experiences, challenges and best practice on the policy imperatives, strategy requirements and collaborative approaches needed to promote cycling as a safe, and preferred mode of effective transport with the intention to encourage uptake towards more inclusive and efficient transport systems. This document provides a summary of the conference content as presented by the speakers and panellists, highlights key lessons and pointers and concludes with way forward recommendations

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 Advancing Inclusive and Sustainable Economies - A report on the 2019 PAGE Ministerial Conference 


This report Advancing Inclusive and Sustainable Economies: A Report on the 3rd PAGE Ministerial Conference was commissioned by the department through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) acting on behalf of the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conversation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).


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South Africa's 1st Biennial Update Report


This report has been compiled for the department in response South Africa's obligation to provide a Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) before the end of 2014.  

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South Africa's 1st Biennial Update Report



Comments and Response Report: 2014 EIA Regulations

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Bomo Edna Molewa, made regulations pertaining to Environmental Impact Assessments (R982 - 985 in the Government Gazette 38282), under sections 24(5) and 44 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998). The following document sets out the comments and responses.  

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South Africa's 1st Biennial Update Report



Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC)


The Cleanest Town Competition (CTC) was initiated in 2001 with a primary focus in implementing the National Waste Management Strategy. The key elements were reducing, recycling and reusing waste materials. Although the CTC was fairly successful in achieving its primary objectives, developments within the greening movement require the modifications of the concept to embody other elements which are outside the waste management category. The incorporation of the new elements is justifiable within a new name, hence the Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC).  

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South Africa's 1st Biennial Update Report



COP17/CMP7 Greening Programme: Event Sustainability Report


The report sets out to document and assess the COP17/CMP7 National Greening Programme that aimed, amongst others, to give effect to Article 4(1) and Article 4(2) of the Host Country Agreement signed between the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Government of South Africa.


Event Sustainability Report for the Greening Programme

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South Africa's Second National Communication under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


This document constitutes South Africa's Second National Communication (SNC), in which several substantive advances in the national understanding of climate changerelated issues are reported. The document follows suggested UNFCCC SNC guidelines for developing countries in reporting on national circumstances, and a national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for the year 2000.

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South Africa country report to the Fourteenth Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development


This report is the South African country report to the commission, which reports on the progress made in the implementation of agenda 21 with regard to the review, evaluation and monitoring processes. It specifically focuses Industrial development, climate change air pollution / atmosphere and energy for sustainable development. The key elements of the CSD-12 report include a reflection on lessons learnt, best practice, the identification of actions, opportunities and constraints to the implementation of sustainable development and to the formulation of the NSDS.

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National Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production


The National Roundtable was held within the framework of the Marrakech Process on Sustainable Consumption and Production, the process was launched in 2003 as a follow up process to the JPOI target on SCP.

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Green Economy COP17 Side Event Report


South Africa through its department and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) co-hosted the side event entitled "Moving towards a Green Economy" along the fringes of Durban UNFCCC COP 17/CMP7 on 2 December 2011 at the Africa Pavilion.

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Fisheries, Oceans and Coasts: blue economy, Operation Phakisa, marine



Report of the Fisheries Climate Change Task Team Workshop on identifying and coordinating research as an adaptation to climate change in the South African marine fisheries and marine aquaculture sectors

This report documents presentations delivered, deliberations considered, and recommendations made at a third FCCTT workshop to discuss research as an adaptation to climate change in the marine environment. A key outcome of the workshop was that the uncertainties around the drivers, magnitude and direction of change as well as abiotic and biotic responses, emphasized the critical need for existing monitoring programmes to continue and for our predictive capability to be strengthened.

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Report of the Fisheries Climate Change Task Team Workshop on adaptation to climate change in the South African marine fisheries and marine aquaculture sectors


The department is engaged in developing an expanded and more detailed independent Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Plan (CCAMP) specifically for the marine fisheries and marine aquaculture sectors. As such, the workshop was convened to: a) inform all interested and affected parties of the current CCAMP; b) solicit input from stakeholders in the marine fisheries and marine aquaculture sectors; c) broaden the consultation on possible adaptation measures, both for those fisheries already included in the current CCAMP, and for those which have not yet been considered and; d) select and prioritise those adaptation measures which could be implemented in the short, medium and long term.

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Report of the Fisheries Climate Change Task Team Workshop on fisheries vulnerability to climate change


This report gives an account of the conduct and output of the Workshop, as well as the results of subsequent work, which was done by FRS in response to the Workshop recommendations and responses by the Scientific Working Groups to the Interim Report distributed to them in the week following the Workshop.

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Forestry management reports on on project and programmes undetrtaken


Woodlands and indigenous forest management



Small scale forestry


Forestry regulation and oversight