The Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) has officially launched its Online Registration Process for Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAPs) in South Africa.
According to the Association the launch, which was co-hosted by the eThekwini Municipality, is a historic moment for the profession and South Africa because it is the first legally-based compulsory EAP Register in the world based on available evidence.
The launch also marked the formalisation of a vigorous and growing environmental assessment profession.
SA making significant EA contributions
“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,” noted eThekwini Municipality Chairperson of the EAPASA Board.
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.
EAPs will have access to an online registration system for entering their qualifications and work experience to prove competence for registration, on the EAPASA’S website.
“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,” Makhudu said.
A step towards transformation
Commenting on the launch Musa Mbhele, Head of the municipality’s Development Planning, Environment and Management Unit said the regulation of the EAP sector was a step in the right direction.
“The Municipality has over the years, been utilising EAP’s for environmental consultancy services associated with service delivery projects. We see the regulation of the EAP sector as a great step towards transformation of the sector and holding professionals in this space accountable ethically and professionally,” he said.