Parliament Briefed on National Environmental Management Laws Bill

Department of Environmental Affairs

The environmental affairs department has briefed parliament on the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill.

The bill was tabled in May 2017.

It seeks to amend a raft of environmental legislation including the National Environmental Management Act, National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, National Environmental Management: Waste Act and the National Environmental Management Amendment Act.

The bill aims to provide for clarity on certain matters and textual amendments.

During its briefing, the department indicated that a new environmental management principle has been added to promote diversity in the environmental management sector.

The proposed legislation seeks to put in place a single application process for licences and permits and allow for the issuing of integrated licences and authorisations.

Briefings were also provided on implementation of the one environmental system, integrated environmental management and waste presentation.

The committee has also called on the committee to include a provision on the setting up of the National Resource Management Agency in the bill.

The agency will seek to promote the management of natural resources to ensure that environmental assets are conserved, valued, sustainably used and enhanced, monitor implementation of natural resource management research, advocacy, incentives, disincentives and controls and build capacity within the agency.

Meanwhile, in Government Gazette 41408, the department announced the appointment of members of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authority.

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