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NCOP Shines Light on Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

May 14, 2021

Parliament

The select committee on land reform, environment, mineral resources and energy has called on the forestry, fisheries and the environment department to work closely with provinces and municipalities in developing and implementing their own climate change adaptation strategies.

The call was made following a briefing by the department on its 2021/22 Annual Performance Plan.

In a statement, the committee confirmed that it also called on the department to work closely with state owned enterprises to “streamline their operations and services to ensure continuity of critical services and contribution towards the government’s economic recovery plans”.

The committee holds the view that the decline in budget allocation to the entities will have an “impact on conservation and protection of biodiversity that does not only have intrinsic value, but contributes to tourism revenue”.

Other issues highlighted by the committee include fast-tracking the eradication and control of Invasive Alien Plants and bringing provinces and municipalities on-board in the Waste Economy Master Plan, to be developed in the current financial year, and assist in waste management to protect “our limited resources”.

Meanwhile, the forestry, fisheries and the environment department has, in Government Gazette 44558, published Regulations to Domesticate the Requirements of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade.

The Regulations were drawn up in terms of the National Environmental Management Act.

They apply to importers and exporters of the chemicals listed in Annexure 1.

Chemicals listed in Annexure 1 cannot be imported into or exported from South Africa without consent.

The process for the notification for the import, export or transit of chemicals listed in Annexure 1 is set down.

The Regulations came into effect on the date of publication.

In Gazette 44559, the department published Regulations to Prohibit the Production, Distribution, Import, Export, Sale and Use of Persistent Organic Pollutants that are listed by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in terms of the act.

The Regulations are designed to prohibit the production, distribution, import, export, sale and use of the substances contemplated in regulation 3 and they apply uniformly to any person who produces, distributes, imports, exports, sells and uses a listed substance within South Africa.

The Regulations came into effect on the date of publication.