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Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality:  State of the Environment Report

 

The Municipal Systems Act (Act No. 32 of 2000) requires all municipalities to prepare an Integrated Development Plan (IDP) through an integrated development planning process for the realization of the rights contained within the Bill of Rights, as stipulated in the Constitution of South Africa. It is on this basis that NMBM decided to commission a report on the State of the Environment. This occurred in mid-2009 with the appointment of Arcus GIBB. The purpose of State of Environment Reporting is to provide information about the condition of the environment to various stakeholders in the public and private sectors, in order to enable them to understand and deal with environmental problems. By identifying, assessing and prioritising issues, SOE Reporting aims to help officials and other decision-makers make informed decisions. The information given in a SOER assists in providing the basis for the development of policy and strategies, raises public awareness about environmental issues and allows for the monitoring of progress and performance on an ongoing basis. The SOER takes into account the full scope of the term ‘environment’ as defined in the National Environmental Management Act (Act No. 107 of 1998; NEMA). As such it addresses societal, economic and biophysical issues.The information presented in the report is grouped into 8 reporting themes, viz. land; climate change and air quality; biodiversity; rivers, estuaries and the coast; bulk services; poverty; health; and environmental governance. It was developed by the Arcus GIBB scientific team through literature review, workshops with key knowledge holders and baseline data extracted from pertinent GIS databases, as well as from the latest available StatsSA national census. The focus of the report is to provide a status summary with interpretation on each theme (as text and in the form of GIS maps), and to highlight gaps and limitations in the available information. The state of the environment in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was measured with indicators specifically selected for this project from the nationally recommended list.

The public is invited to the following public meetings where the project will be presented and discussed:

 

Date

Venue

Time

4 May 2011, Wednesday

City Hall, Committee room 1, Port Elizabeth

18:00 – 19:30

5 May 2011, Thursday

Council Chambers, Uitenhage

18:00 – 19:30

 
The public is also encouraged to review the draft SOER and submit any comment they may have to:
 

Ms Inge Schovell

Arcus GIBB

Tel:  041 392 7500

Email:  ischovell@gibb.co.za

 

 

 

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