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The Importance and Value of Biological Diversity

The United Nations proclaimed the 22nd of May The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues and has been celebrated on this day since 2001. noun: biodiversity; noun: bio-diversity 1. the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat, a high level of which is usually considered to be important and desirable. The cycle of life relies directly on existing biodiversity and resulting ecosystem services that support and regulate natural cycles and...

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World Migratory Bird Day – Why raise awareness of migrating birds?

SEF prides itself in finding sustainable development solutions for their clients. For example, our in-house Avifaunal Specialist, Robyn Phillips, is committed to assisting clients in helping conserve habitat for migratory birds and at the same time finding ways for the client to benefit from the presence of these bird species on their land. World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated in the second weekend of May each year. It is an awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats and is...

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New Appointment – Principle: Social Specialist Division

SEF recently appointed Jessica de Beer to its team of professionals as the Principle of our Social Sciences division. Jessica is a qualified Social Assessment Practitioner holding a BSocsci (Hons) Industrial Sociology and Labour Studies postgraduate degree from the University of Pretoria. Jessica has been involved in social assessment work since 2004 working on a range of social assignments both as a junior researcher in the initial days up to her current role as a lead social scientist on most projects. Jessica’s key experience lies in both...

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SEF ISO:9001 Certification – Quality Management System

At SEF we are committed to continuously improving our services and processes in order to meet and indeed exceed our customers’ requirements and quality objectives by integrating both our core values and ethos into our daily work. Quality and customer satisfaction are one of our most important guiding principles to measure the success of our business and in every aspect of our business, we are focused on providing superior quality services for you, the client. With this approach in mind, we have made the decision to formally certify our...

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FEE REGULATIONS GAZETTED

Last week Friday, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, effected the fee regulations which will be mandatory for all applications for Environmental Authorisations and Waste Management Licences as well as amendments to, or renewals of, these licences. This will come into effect on 1 April 2014 and will only apply to applications lodged on or after this date. According to the communication issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs, the fees are intended to recover the basic administration costs of processing...

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What is Remote Sensing and how can it add value to your project?

Remote sensing is the acquisition of information about an object or phenomenon without making physical contact with the object. Through maximization of the spectral, spatial and temporal resolution of a satellite sensor, remote sensing techniques can map most environmental phenomenon on the earth with less expert knowledge, time and cost, and provide the appropriate quantitative information necessary for combating environmental issues. SEF takes advantage of the benefits of remote sensing through using satellite imagery to map vegetation...

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INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FAMILY FARMING

The United Nations has declared 2014 to be the Year of Family Farming. Led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the objective of the campaign is to raise the profile of family farming by focusing world attention on its role in alleviating hunger and poverty, providing food security and improving livelihoods, while protecting the environment and biodiversity. SEF has committed to participating in this campaign. In our next newsletter we will cover this topic in more detail – watch this...

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Mining company director convicted

Two weeks ago, the Naphuno Regional Court in Limpopo ruled that Matome Maponya, the managing director of a clay mining company based in Tzaneen, was guilty of causing damage to the environment and sentenced him to five years in prison. This sentence was suspended for five years, on condition that the damage done by the mining operations is rehabilitated within three months. The estimated cost of the rectification is R6.8 million. Legislation has provided for personal liability of directors breaking environmental laws since 1998 but this is...

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SEF Goes Batty!

We are proud to announce that SEF has recently added a bat detector to our artillery of ecological assessment tools… Apart from some fruit bat species, most bats orientate and hunt by means of a highly sophisticated system of echolocation which emits high-frequency sounds that are beyond the range of the human ear. The transformation of ultrasound into a signal audible to the human ear requires a specialised piece of equipment called a bat detector. Without such equipment the identification of bat species on a site is very difficult and time...

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SEF THROWS SPECIALISTS OFF CLIFF

In addition to their daily tasks of digging holes in the dirt, wading through rivers and communing with nature, SEF specialists have recently taken to dangling off cliffs. Apart from the fact that they say its good fun, this new service offering has a very real application which is generally termed Vertical Ecology. SEF embarked on this new initiative in the field of ecology and data gathering capability in 2013 in response to the need for a better understanding of the impact of the Skywalk project at God’s Window on the edge of the...

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