The deadline for registration with the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) is fast approaching.
Those wishing to register as an environmental assessment practitioner with the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA), should do it now.
EAPASA is the sole registration authority in terms of Section 24H of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA).
All environmental assessment practitioners must submit an application for registration with EAPASA before 12 October 2019, in order to be registered by 8 February 2020.
An environmental assessment practitioner is an individual responsible for the planning, management, coordination or review of environmental impact assessments, strategic environmental assessments and environmental management programmes.
Snowy Makhudu said that Registration with EAPASA will promote ethical conduct by the practitioners and quality assurance of the environmental impact assessment reports.
“Furthermore, registration with EAPASA will ensure consistency in the application of standards across all the professions involved in this field, and throughout the country. Quality assurance and ethics in environmental assessment practice is thus a recognised prerequisite for effective governance towards sustainable development in South Africa,” said Makhudu.
Renewal of registrations, after a period of five years, must be supported by the submission of a continuing professional development (CPD) portfolio of evidence, as one of the hallmarks of professionalism.
The effective implementation of the environmental authorisation system for development activities listed in terms of the NEMA relies directly on the competence and ethics of EAPs in government, parastatals, and private consulting practice. These practitioners play a pivotal role in the decision-making process, which is aimed at promoting sustainable development.
Environmental assessment practitioners are encouraged to register at the link below: