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Who should attend?


  • Civil Society, Interested and Affected Parties
  • NGOs and CBO’s
  • Community leaders, Environmental technicians, Councillors and Municipal staff (Environmental Health Practitioners)
  • WESSA staff, members and volunteers


Why should you attend?

  • To get a greater understanding of the links between a sustainable environment and sustainable development

  • Learn about your environmental rights and the role you can play in preserving the environment;

  • Gain an appreciation of the role and value of Environmental Assessment (EA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in assisting South Africa to meet its strategic objectives (e.g. poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability)

  • Enhance understanding of the need for improved governance in development planning

  • Learn how to critically review and comment on scoping, EIA reports and EMPs


Topics to be covered in the WESSA short-course on Understanding Environmental Impact Assessment:  

Overview of WESSA policy on environment and environmental assessment

The environment, livelihoods, the economy and sustainable development – understanding the linkages

Value of the environment – to people and planet

What is sustainable development?

Group work: Identifying key threats to South Africa’s environment

Overview of South Africa’s environmental legal framework

Scoping Environmental Issues

  • Biophysical Issues
  • Socio-economic Issue
  • Identifying alternatives
  • Cumulative impact
  • Public participation in EIA
  • What is public participation?
  • Modes of engagement
  • Benefits of public participation processes
  • Key requirements for public participation in SA law
  • Environmental Impact Assessment best practice
  • Compliance monitoring and auditing
  • Record of Decision (RoD) or Environmental Authorization (EA)
  • Definitions of environmental and compliance monitoring and auditing
  • Environmental Authorizations related to EIA
  • Licenses
  • Permits
  • Land use zonation
  • Environmental Management Programmes
  • Environmental Impact Assessment case study
  • Introduction to a current, active EIA, including site visit and scoping exercise


Registration Fee

R3135.00 Includes VAT, learning materials, lunch and tea for both days. Excludes accommodation & transport costs.  Student and NGO discount on request

Payment Terms and Conditions

Please notify WESSA of any cancellations at least 5 working days before commencement of the course. There will be no refunds for any cancellations within 5 working days of the course.

Your booking will be confirmed in writing, once proof of payment has been received.  


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Health Professions Council of South Africa

The WESSA Environmental Impact Assessment course has received accreditation with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa. The accreditation is for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme with 14 General CEU’s for Environmental Health Practitioners.