Please find below the following interesting readings and opportunity to comment – applicable to the environmental field.

EAPASA:

EAPASA Website – Expression of interest by 31 August 2019; registration application by 12 October 2019

Comments:

  1. National Water Act 36 of 1998 – GN 1069 in GG 42636 of 16 August 2019 -Proposed Foxwood dam and its environmental impact assessment – for comment
  2. National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008 – GN 1077 in GG 42645 of 16 August 2019 – Applications for the exclusion of waste streams or a portion of such waste streams from the definition of waste for the purposes of beneficial use – for comment and GN 535 in GG 42376 of 3 April 2019 withdraw
  3. National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 – GN 1104 in GG 42660 of 22 August 2019 – Non-detriment findings for Diceros bicornis (black rhinoceros) – for comment
  4. National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 – GN 1105 in GG 42660 of 22 August 2019 – Non-detriment findings for Ceratotherium simum simum (white rhinoceros) – for comment

Interesting readings:

Biodiversity:

  1. Science: Aton A “New Trump rules would curb U.S. endangered species protections” 12 August 2019
  2. Gerber J “366 rhino ‘poachers’ arrested in Kruger National Park since start of 2018” News24 12 August 2019
  3. Butler RA “Satellite images from Planet reveal devastating Amazon fires in near real-time” Mongabay 22 August 2019
  4. Weston P “Amazon rainforest fires: Jair Bolsonaro sends Brazilian army to put out huge blaze as G7 leaders hold emergency talks” The Independent 24 August 2019

Environmental: Comment sought on rhino, bitter aloe findings:

“‘Non-detriment findings’ in respect of the black rhino, white rhino and the bitter aloe were gazetted yesterday for scientific input. Protected under the 1975 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, each appears to be thriving in SA’s generally favourable conservation conditions. However, while trade in legally sourced white rhino horn is not considered to be detrimental to the species’ survival in the wild, the same does not apply to the horn of the black rhino. International trade in the bitter aloe is considered to pose a low-to-moderate risk to its survival, plant numbers having increased overall across its ‘relatively large’ distribution range.”

Climate change and energy:

  1. IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: Mead L “Wind and Solar Will Provide 50% of Electricity in 2050, BNEF Report Finds” 15 August 2019

Mining:

  1. GroundUp: Wicomb W “What Appeal Court’s fracking judgment means” 14 August 2019
  2. Sguazzin A “Big test for mining project part-owned by Patrice Motsepe’s ARC: West Coast environmentalists welcome the Water Tribunal hearing about the Elandsfontein Kropz mine, on which the company has spent $120m” BusinessLive 15 August 2019 [Legalbrief 16 August 2019]

Miscellaneous:

  1. World Resources Institute, World Bank, UNEP, and UNDP “How can the world feed nearly 10 billion people by 2050 while also advancing economic development, protecting and restoring forests, and stabilizing the climate?” (Report August 2019)
  2. Cox L “Australia taking six years to list threatened habitats under environment laws” The Guardian 20 August 2019

Water and sanitation:

  1. The Conversation: Cuthbert MO “Groundwater reserves in Africa may be more resilient to climate change than first thought” 7 August 2019
  2. Gosling M “Desalination plant battle: City of Cape Town hits back, asks court to dismiss R50m lawsuit” News24 21 August 2019

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