Sustainable resource management is an important part of farming and the farmer himself has got an important part to play. Working with nature can sometime be a challenging task and to help farmers succeed we provided links with valuable information to help him in his quest.

Below you will find links with more information on environmental management:

Sustainable Utilisation of Natural Resources

Sensitive Development

Guide Tool for Ecosystem Management Plan

Forest Ecosystem Management Plan

Fynbos Ecosystem Management Plan

Karoo Ecosystem Management Plan

Renosterveld Ecosystem Management Plan

Thicket Ecosystem Management Plan

The information can also be found at Conservation at Work.


Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

EIA is an evaluating process to look at the environmental impact of a proposed project or development. For example: If you would like to build a new dam on your farm an EIA needs to be done to determine the impact it will have on the environment.

This section will provide you with an overview of the process to apply for an EIA, time frames and also what the responsibilities are of the relevant authority. 

General information about an EIA

There are two EIA processes. The first is a Basic Assessment Process and the second a Scoping and Environmental Impact Reporting Process. Previously only steps of authorities were time bound. As from 8 December 2014 time frames for all the steps in the EIA process are as follows:

  • Basic Assessment: 197 or 247 days
  • Scoping & EIR: 300 or 350 days

EIA Regulations and Process


Duties of the Applicants

  • An applicant must 
    • Comply with any minimum information requirement for the application
  • If an applicant intends undertaking more than one activity as part of the same development within the area of jurisdiction of a competent authority, a single application must be submitted for such development and the assessment of impacts must include cumulative impacts
  • If one or more proponents intend undertaking interrelated activities at the same or different locations within the area of jurisdiction of a competent authority, the competent authority may, in writing, agree that the proponent or proponents submit a single application in respect of all of those activities and to conduct a consolidated assessment process, but the potential environmental impacts of each activity, including its cumulative impacts, must be considered in terms of the location where the activity is to be undertaken.


General requirements for Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAP's) and Specialists

  • In the event where the EAP or specialist does not comply with the independence requirements the proponent or applicant must, prior to conducting public participation, appoint another EAP or specialist to externally review all work undertaken by the EAP or specialist, at the applicant’s cost
  • That EAP must meet the independence criteria

Visit the EAP's website for more information: EAPASA


Additional Information on EIA Regulations and Processes visit the links below:

[EIA Regulations Quick Reference Guide]

EIA Regulations

EIA Listed Activities & Time Lines

EIA Flowcharts

EIA Guidelines for renewable energy projects

Websites to visit for more information on an EIA:


Environmental Affairs: Forms