Environmental Ingenuity

Basic Assessment Process

A Basic Assessment or (BA) is a streamlined process utilised to assess proposed projects that are identified to result in relatively low impacts being imparted on the receiving environment. These projects trigger Activities listed under the National Environmental Management Act, Act 107 of 1998 and the associated Regulations.

The Environmental Impact Assessment Process

The Environmental Impact Assessment Process comprising the Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessment Process remains fundamentally the same. The scoping phase identifies any environmental impacts and evaluates them. 

These evaluations or scoping of issues informs the need for additional investigations, through the use of specialist studies. Specialist studies provide expert opinions regarding the field on which they are reporting. Their findings inform the process of assessing and evaluating the impacts. The specialist study will provide meaningful recommendations and mitigation for the impacts of the proposed activity related to their field of specialisation.

Ecological Assessments

Ecological assessments undertaken by K&A are focussed on vegetation and what the species composition and assemblage can tell about the current drivers that are impacting on the system, either positively or negatively. 

These assessments reveal the quality of the system and its resilience to change. Ecological assessments provide guidance and recommendations on potential management strategies to be employed that could steer the system in a desired direction, of increased species diversity and conservation importance. Incorporated into these assessments are numerous sub-categories which speak to possible remediation methods, rehabilitation, management focusses and opportunities. 

Water Use License Applications (WULA)

Kinvig & Associates is experienced in the interpretation and compilation of Water Use License Applications as required by the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998). K&A has the professional expertise, legal understanding and in –house specialists and an array of external specialist available to conduct the required assessments and further, compile the necessary documentation. These Licencing Applications are undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), in order to ensure that the documents are complete and all encompassing.

Wetland Assessments

Wetland Assessments undertaken by K&A focus on undertaking wetland delineations as well as assessing the health and functionality of the wetlands considered to be impacted. Through this a detailed assessment which considers past, current and future land uses along with the Present Ecological State (PES), functionality and Ecological Importance and Sensitivity (EIS). This allows the wetland specialist to identify the potential and present impacts on the system, enabling the specialist to make recommendations and propose mitigation measures relating to the design, construction and operation of the proposed project / development.

Environmental Auditing and Environmental Control Officer (ECO)

Kinvig & Associates provides Environmental Auditing and compliance monitoring to the needs of the client. K&A act as a specialist independent authority and advise in matters concerning environmental legal compliance, company / development environmental audits, and compliance monitoring to Environmental Authorisations (EA) and Environmental Management Programmes (EMPr). Comprehensive high quality reports are compiled with legal and best practise environmental recommendations highlighted for continual improvement.

Aquatic Assessment / SASS5

Aquatic assessments undertaken by K&A are focussed on water quality and include bio assessment techniques such as the South African Scoring System (SASS5) (Accredited with the Department of Water and Sanitation), riparian vegetation assessments, which identify the species present, the overall species composition and species abundance. This information is utilised to identify the current drivers, which are impacting on the system, in either a positive or negative manner.

These assessments that are undertaken indicate the quality of the system, its resilience to change and thus provide guidance and recommendations on potential management strategies to be employed that could assist in driving the system in a desired direction. The outcomes of which would ideally be increased species diversity, habitat heterogeneity and thus conservation importance. Incorporated into these assessments are numerous sub-categories or tiers which speak to possible remediation methods, rehabilitation, management focusses and opportunities.