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Visual Impact Assessments
Visual impacts are changes to the scenic attributes of the landscape brought about by the introduction of visual contrasts and the associated changes in the human visual experience of the landscape. Visual Impact Assessment (or VIA) is the analysis of the potential visual impacts to the landscape and landscape views resulting from a proposed development or land management action. The document that contains a visual impact analysis is also often referred to as a visual impact assessment or VIA.
Environmental Impact Assessments
Environmental assessment is the assessment of the environmental consequences of a plan, policy, program, or actual projects before the decision to move forward with the proposed action. In this context, the term "environmental impact assessment" is usually used when applied to actual projects by individuals or companies and the term "strategic environmental assessment" applies to policies, plans and programmes most often proposed by organs of the state.
Environmental Management Programmes
An Environmental Management Programme describes the proposed development and identifies potential mitigation measures to minimize negative impacts and to promote positive impacts of the proposed development. An Environmental Management Program should cover all areas of the proposed development, from pre-construction / planning activities, through construction phases, rehabilitation and even closure, where applicable. It is a “living” document that should be kept updated as the development continues to ensure that it remains relevant.
Environmental Monitoring And Auditing
Environmental Monitoring is the systematic observation of the state of the environment and the factors influencing it. Its main purposes are to forecast changes to the state of the environment and to provide initial data for planning documents, programmes and projects. The procedure of Environmental Monitoring shall be established by law.
Water Use License Applications
The National Water Act and subsequent licence requirements apply to all persons in South Africa. To make this more understandable and better managed, the National Water Act specifies 11 water uses, in Section 21, that require
licencing. Any person that engages in any of the 11 water uses needs to be authorised to do so. However, two water uses referred to as Section 21(c) and (I) require greater attention. These two water uses are designed
to prevent pollution or changes in the water resource that could render the water resource harmful or unfit for its’ purpose.
Whether you are a private homeowner or a developer that is planning on any development near to a water resource, you may be required to obtain authorisation. If you are planning on extracting water, storing water, reducing the flow of a water resource, discharging or disposing of waste or water into a water resource or from underground, or if you are planning on using water for recreational purposes, you may be required to obtain authorisation before engaging with the task.
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