BIODIVERSITY OFFSETS AND WETLAND REHABILITATION

 

The Record of Decision (RoD) of 15 June 2011 (Condition 3.2.4) required that a suite of Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) be prepared for the project. These included the following:

  • (l) A detailed plan for the rehabilitation of off-site wetlands in the Mooi and Mgeni catchments to mitigate the loss in wetland function and habitat (including base monitoring). Separate plans must be submitted for each individual wetland to ensure that site specific issues are included. It is recommended that the Applicant consult with the Working for Wetlands programmes as overseen by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) since rehabilitation activities may trigger activities listed in terms of the Regulations, 2006, which will then require environmental assessment.
  • (m) A detailed plan of action to establish offset areas to compensate for the loss of biodiversity and habitat and for the management of the areas during the operational phase of the MMTS-2.

To fulfill the requirements of the RoD a baseline report (phase 1) and a planning report (phase 2) have been prepared. These documents have been formally submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs on 9 June 2015. The documents are available to download in pdf format below:

PHASE 1: THE BASELINE REPORT

 

Download: Summary of Residual Biodiversity Loss in the Dam Basin and Baseline Offset Targets

PHASE TWO: PLANNING REPORT

 

Download: Planning of Wetland Rehabilitation and Biodiversity Offsets - full report

Download: APPENDIX 1 - Record of Stakeholder Consultation

Download: APPENDIX 2 - Data sets used in the identification and prioritization of offset sites

Download: APPENDIX 4 - Site Plans

Download: APPENDIX 5 - Offset Specialist Team

Download: APPENDIX 6 - Specialist River Report

Download: APPENDIX 7 - The Offsets Budget

Download: APPENDIX 8 - Options for Securing Offset Sites under the Stewardship Programme

COMMENT RESPONSE REPORT

 

Download: Final Comments and Response Report

INDEPENDENT PEER REVIEW

 

Download: Review by J Hennessey