In the Western Cape, a need was identified for a brochure highlighting the most common farm activities that need environmental authorisation. CapeNature responded by producing a brochure, which, thanks to BLU project funding has already had a number of print runs.

Landowners often say they don’t know where to access information about what they can and can’t do on their land. The brochure briefly contextualises land use activities in terms of NEMA and the three listing notices and encourages the use of the WCBSP as a tool to identify priority conservation areas.

Activities that can go ahead without authorisation include alien clearing and brush cutting activities; as well as activities approved as part of a River Maintenance Management Plan such as clearing silt out of a weir.

There are three catergories of common farm activities that trigger NEMA. The first category is the ploughing of virgin soil: (a) ≥ 300 m2 of endangered or critically endangered indigenous vegetation and (b) ≥ 1 ha of non-threatened indigenous vegetation.

Secondly, infilling or excavating: (a) ≥ 10 m3 within 32 m of watercourses and (b) ≥ 5 m3 within 100 m of the coastal high watermark.

And the third category is water-related activities which includes: (a) dams, weirs, pipelines, jetties, bridges, etc. and (b) wastewater treatment, infrastructure and transport.

The brochure has been made available at agricultural shows, Conservation@work meetings, Upper Breede Collaborative Extension Group and at biosphere reserve meetings and the ‘template’ for it has been shared with other implementers so they can adapt it to suit their provincial needs.

Click here to view a copy of the brochure.

For more information contact Philippa Huntly

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