Aquatic Ecology, Wetland and Biodiversity Impact Assessments

Eco Elementum as registered SACNASP Aquatic and Ecological Scientists provide the following range of services related to aquatic ecology, wetland delineations and biodiversity assessments:

  • Identifying and delineating any wetland, channel areas and/or watercourses associated within the study boundary according to the Department of Water Affairs’ “Practical field procedure for the identification and delineation of wetlands and riparian areas”.
  • Determining the Present Ecological Status (PES) and Functional Integrity of identified wetlands within a 500 m buffer around the proposed site and infrastructure using the WET-Health and Wet-Eco Services approach.
  • Determining the Ecological Services, Importance and Sensitivity of identified wetlands using the latest applicable approach as supported by the DWS (formally DWA).
  • Indicate the minimum buffer required to protect any wetland/ watercourses identified within the study boundary.
  • Incorporating the SANBI GIS databases on Endemic and Red Data faunal and floral species in the study area.
  • Conducting literature searches on Red Data Book species predicted to occur in the study area.
  • Conducting field work upstream and downstream points (Water Quality, SASS5, FRAI IHAS, VEGRAI and IHIA) and reporting on the aquatic ecology.
  • Identifying potential negative impacts on any biodiversity from the proposed project and assess the significance of these impacts.
  • Providing recommended management and mitigation measures for the identified impacts in order to avert or lower the significance of the negative impacts.
  • Identifying any sensitive areas present on site.