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 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.