The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996
Department of Developmental Local Government and Housing
All Provincial Government Departments
Development projects within rural that may result in additional pressures on resources (land, water, soil).
General lack of integration of Environmental issues in decision making
Increase in pollution and waste
Loss of habitat and Biodiversity
Compliance to NEMA Principles
A goal of the strategy is to achieve rural development through the sustainable development and use of the natural resource base
The strategy focuses on the diversification of the rural economic activity to reduce pressure on the resource base
Integration of Environmental Considerations into Decision Making
The strategy is not clear on the manner of integration of environmental considerations within all development projects.
Participation, Empowerment and Transparency
The objectives of the strategy include effective community participation to facilitate empowerment of civil society.
Environmental Justice and Equity
The strategy focuses on equitable access to natural resources with communities empowered to manage their environment and safe and healthy living and working environments.
The strategy is not clear enough on how ecological integrity will be maintained. Objectives are to broad
The strategy is a definite attempt to ensure alignment between North West Provincial government and all its line departments as well as with the national departments.
Compliance to Relevant Environmental Legislative Provisions
Existing Arrangements for Co-operative Governance and Environmental Management
Oversight of the strategy is provided by the Provincial Inter Governmental Forum (PIGF) at political level and the PIGF Technical Committee at implementation level
Recommendations for Co-operative Governance and Environmental Management
The strategy must be reviewed in light of recent changes in laws governing natural resources, environmental management and environmental rights.
The review should include alignment to NEMA Principles and clarity on the manner in which implementation will comply.
The PIGF should be strengthened with technical representation from Environmental Management Directorate of DACE.
The plans of all Provincial Departments must indicate potential environmental affects and conformance to NEMA Principles and report these to the proposed Provincial Committee for Environmental Co-ordination.
The proposed Provincial Development Planning legislation will be aligned to environmental considerations.
Spatial Development Initiatives (SDI’s)
The North West has 3 Spatial Development Corridors of which one is declared. An east/west development corridor links up with the Maputo SDI and the route to Walvisbay
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