What is EAPASA
- What is EAPASA
The Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) was established in 2012. It exists to promote, on a non-profit basis, the advancement of the practice and quality of environmental assessment in South Africa in the public interest, in the interest of the environment and in terms of relevant legislation. EAPASA is a Registration Authority which registers Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAPs) based on the set of core competencies under the Section 24H Registration Authority Regulations of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), Act 107 of 1998, as amended.
Vision and Mission
The Vision and Mission of EAPASA is to promote public interest through the improvement of the quality of environmental assessment practice in South Africa. This is undertaken by establishing, promoting, and maintaining the registration of Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAPs) in South Africa in terms of Section 24H of the National Environmental Management Act (107 of 1998). The above has been achieved by making EAPASA a Registration Authority which ensures a regulated, consistent, and improved standard of environmental impact assessment in South Africa.
1) To provide relevant authorities, development proponents & the public in general with quality assurance regarding EAPs by:
National Diploma Meteorology, TUT | NHD Meteorology, TUT | Post Graduate Certificate in Local Government & Development Management, UNISA
Chair Prof. Dev. Comm.
BSc Physiology & Genetics, UFS | Bachelor of Science Hons Physiology, UFS | MSc Industrial Physiology, PUK
BA, Wits | BA Hons Geography, Wits | Masters in Environmental Management, Wits | LLB, UNISA
Khangwelo D. Musetsho
Bachelor of Environmental Management, UNIVEN | Master of Environmental Management, UNIVEN | Master of Business Leadership, UNISA GSBL
Bachelor of Science | University of Cape Town; Bachelor of Science Hons Environmental Management | UCT
Bachelors of Environmental Sciences, UNIVEN; Bachelor of Science Hons Geography, UNISA
Chair PR Commitee
Bachelor of Science Natural and Environmental Sciences | BSc Hons Geography | MSc Environmental Management
BSc, UDW | BSc Hons, UDW | Masters of Environmental Management, UN | Master of Business Administration, UKZN
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One of the key legal mechanisms available to enable decision-making that promotes sustainable development is the environmental authorisation requirement in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), Act 107 of 1998. The regulations for Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Frameworks were published in terms of NEMA. The implementation of the regulations identified a range of legal, institutional capacity and professional challenges in the system. The effective implementation of the environmental authorisation systems in South Africa relies directly on the competence and ethics of environmental assessment practitioners (EAPs) in government, parastatals and private consulting practice. These practitioners play pivotal roles within the decision-making process which is aimed at promoting more sustainable development in South Africa. Quality assurance and ethics in environmental assessment practice is a recognised prerequisite for effective governance towards Sustainable Development in South Africa.
A voluntary certification system for EAPs - the Interim Certification Board - has operated since 2001. In the planning for the succession of the ICB the following key challenges were identified:
- Enormous historical inequities in access to opportunities in education, training and professional work require that the registration system be equitable.
- The absence of registered qualification standards in terms of South Africa's National Qualifications Framework has meant there has been no accepted equitable basis for the establishment or assessment of professional competencies for environmental assessment practice.
- Government officials who play a regulatory review role in environmental assessment need to be included within the registration system.
- A range of professionals such as planners, environmental scientists and managers, engineers, and landscape architects, etc. practicing as EAPs, each with their relevant professional qualifications and registration systems, has to be accommodated.
South Africa's environmental authorisation requirements are evolving into more strategically and proactively geared and streamlined approaches. These evolving approaches will enable sustainability targets to be embedded into strategic government investment planning and decision-making, and are also likely to require commensurate evolution in terms of professional quality assurance.
In November 2005, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the Interim Certification Board (ICB) for Environmental Assessment Practitioners of South Africa (representing 17 organisations) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This MoU and associated budget has enabled a broad Consultative Process for the establishment of an Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association which is proposed to act as a Registration Authority for environmental assessment practitioners (EAPs) in South Africa as provided for in Section 24H of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), Act No. 107 of 1998, as amended.
For the proposed Registration Authority to perform an effective quality assurance role in environmental assessment practice in South Africa, the following outcomes were required:
- The establishment of a representative and recognised association that would establish a Registration Authority and agreed registration system that is legally competent in terms of section 24H of NEMA as amended.
- The registration of a qualification for environmental assessment practice within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) in collaboration with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), which was completed in 2008 (this has expred and needs to be updated).
- The conclusion of relevant enabling legal mechanisms making it compulsory for EAPs to be registered, to be implemented when the Minister appoints EAPASA as a registration authority for EAPs in terms of Section 24 H of NEMA.
The purpose of the Consultative Process has been for broad agreement on the purpose, function and structure of a Registration Authority; its constitution; Code of Ethical Conduct and Practice; the registration criteria and process; and, the sanction processes. These are the key elements that were addressed in an application to the Minister in applying to be recognised as a Registration Authority (RA) for Assessment Practitioners in terms of Section 24H of NEMA.
The process has focused on engaging professionals active in the field of Environmental Assessment (EA) practice. The process has specifically engaged stakeholders in the content a proposal document which details the constitution, registration process and criteria, code of conduct and sanction processes, structure, and draft 3-year business plan of the Association.
The Consultative Process has -
- circulated a first draft Proposal setting out the key elements (January 2006),
- conducted provincial workshops (February and March 2006)
- a National Stakeholder Conference (March 2006.).
A Working Group was mandated at this conference to revise the Proposal. Draft two of the proposal was circulated in October 2007 for comment and a second National Stakeholder Conference was held in November 2007 to discuss this draft. On the basis of comments received on Draft two and an extension of the Working Group's mandate, a Final Draft Proposal was compiled in November 2008 and reviewed by the Department of Environmental Affairs' legal department. This Final Draft proposal was advertised for a final round of stakeholder comment in February 2009.
The Working Group held six work sessions to conclude the Final Draft Proposal and proposed that EAPs move forward to establish the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa. EAPASA was launched on 7 April 2011. A Board was nominated and selected in November 2011 and formally founded in terms of its constitution in February 2012.
The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) agreed on a Joint Implementation Plan (JIP) for the development of a qualification for Environmental Assessment Practice. A nomination call was broadcast for a Task Team of subject matter experts to assist in the development of the qualification. Fourteen nominations were received and forwarded to SAQA. From these nominations, SAQA selected a Task Team for the generation of the qualification. The Task Team held four working sessions and a draft qualification, Advanced Certificate: Environmental Assessment Practice was published in the Government Gazette for comment in April 2007. The qualification was finalised by the Task Team on the basis of comments received and was registered in terms of the National Qualifications Framework on 26 November 2008.
On receipt of the proposal from the Board, the Minister has appointed EAPASA as a Registration Authority and in such case will then publish a notification of the registration authority's recognition and a date by which all EAPs practicing in South Africa will need to be registered.
EAPASA announces launch of Online Registration Process for Environmental Assessment Practitioners at media event held at Durban’s International Convention Centre on Tuesday 27 November 2018 from 08:30 to 13:00
The Chairperson and Board of the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) are pleased to announce the launch of Online Registration for Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAPs) in South Africa.
The launch is a historic moment that marks the formalisation of a vigorous and growing environmental profession. Since the emergence of environmental assessment (EA) as a distinct discipline in the 1970s, South Africans have earned praise internationally for making significant contributions to EA theory and practice. South Africa is about to embark on an initiative that is – on the available evidence – the first legally-based compulsory EAP Register in the world.
In the near future, EAPs will have access to an online registration system for entering their qualifications and work experience to prove competence for registration, at www.eapasa.org
The legal standard against which registrations are assessed – the qualification standard for Environmental Assessment Practice – was re-registered by the Board of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on 25 October 2018. This has made it possible for EAPASA to begin fulfilling its legal responsibility as the single Registration Authority for EAPs in South Africa.
EAPASA was appointed on 8 February 2018 by the then Minister of Environmental Affairs, the Honourable Dr Edna Molewa. Given the Minister’s untimely passing on 22 September 2018, it is with deep regret that EAPASA will not be able to celebrate the launch with her. The imminent and enduring registration of EAPs will be one of her many legacies. EAPASA is sincerely grateful to the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, the Honourable Barbara Thomson, and Director-General Ms Nosipho Ngcaba for their ongoing support, and looks forward to working with the new Minister, the Honourable Ms Nomvula Mokonyane.
The Board of EAPASA is proud to be the custodian of the first compulsory Register of Environmental Assessment Practitioners in South Africa and the world. Once EAPASA has registered EAPs, their details will be contained in the EAP Register which will be hosted on the EAPASA website.
Ms Snowy Makhudu
Chairperson of the EAPASA Board
Date: 27 November 2018
Establish and Maintain a Register of Practitioners
Register qualified persons as either Registered Candidate Environmental Assessment Practitioners (Candidate EAPs) or as Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioners (Registered EAPs), depending on their experience. Maintain a register of Candidate EAPs or Registered EAPs.
Uphold the qualification standard
Uphold the Qualification Standard and review its outcomes and assessment criteria; propose standards and criteria for registration of EAPs to be applied by Registration, Professional Development, Professional Conduct committees. Review standards and criteria
Advance accreditation of degree programmes
Provide input to the relevant educational quality council on the extent to which individual academic programmes submitted for accreditation meet the outcomes stipulated in the Qualification Standard for Environmental Assessment Practice. Advance accreditation of degree programmes at institutions of higher learning incorporating environmental assessment outcomes of the national Qualification Standard for Environmental Assessment Practice.
Apply Code of Ethical Conduct
Prescribe and apply a Code of Ethical Conduct and Practice.
Communicate to authorities
Communicate, to relevant authorities, information on matters of public importance acquired during the course of its work, as well as issues that may impact on the practice of environmental assessment and the registration of Environmental Assessment Practitioners.
Determine fees payable to the Association by registered persons.
Ongoing Professional Development
Promote ongoing professional development, set and review professional development standards, and assist with the accreditation of providers of education and training, where permitted by or under applicable legislation.
Promote the transformation of the profession in terms of representivity and practice
ONE OF THE OBJECTIVES OF EAPASA IS TO:
"promote the transformation of environmental assessment practice, focusing specifically on support for candidate black people, women, youth and people with disabilities, in order to achieve the progressive transformation and restructuring of the profession such that it is representative of the demographics of the country."
A Transformation Charter has been compiled and outlines how EAPASA intends to promote representivity within the profession, the transformation of Environmental Assessment Practice and objectives to ensure representivity on the Board and committees of the Association.