NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACT 107 OF 1998: CONSULTATION ON THE INTENTION TO PUBLISH THE NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY OFFSET GUIDELINE
Notice Title: National Environmental Management Act, 107 of 1998 (“NEMA”): consultation on the intention to publish the National Biodiversity Offset Guideline
Government Notice: GN 1924 in GG 46088 on 25 March 2022
Commencing date: Comments to be submitted by 25 April 2022
The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (“the Minister”), intents to publish under section 24J of the NEMA the National Biodiversity Offset Guideline (“the proposed Guideline”).
The purpose of the proposed Guideline will be to indicate when biodiversity offsets are likely to be required as mitigation by any competent authority, to lay down basic principles for biodiversity offsetting and to guide offset practice in the environmental authorisation application context.
The proposed Guideline will be an implementation guideline contemplated in section 24J of the NEMA. Guidelines published in terms of that section give guidance on, inter alia, “the implementation, administration and institutional arrangements of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014 or subsequent regulations regarding the environmental impact assessment process.
Members of the public are invited to submit written comments and inputs on or before 25 April 2022. For a copy of the Government Gazette Notice click here.
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