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Protected Areas Data Release, Quarter 3 - 2016

The 2016 THIRD QUARTER data release is available for download. The South African Protected Areas Database (SAPAD) contains spatial data for the conservation estate of South Africa. It includes spatial and attribute information for both formally protected areas and areas that have less formal protection. Please visit the Data and Resources section to download the data.

Note: Any comments or additional requests can be forwarded to or contact our Call Centre at +27 86 111 2468.

Renewable Energy EIA Application Database for SA, Quarter 3 - 2016

Renewable Energy EIA Application Map

The South African Renewable Energy EIA Application Database contains spatial data for renewable energy applications for environmental authorisation. It includes spatial and attribute information for both active (in process and with valid authorisations) and non-active (lapsed or replaced by amendments) applications. Data is captured and managed on a parcels level as well as aggregated to the project level. Only outer boundaries are provided in this release.

Note to the RE industry: Please submit any discrepancies, possible errors and comments i.t.o. the Renewable Energy EIA Application Map to

Download the latest dataset here: THIRD QUARTER of 2016.

Open the MAP VIEWER in your browser.

Unpublished Draft REDZs Dataset

The Wind and Solar PV Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment- REDZs Dataset (unpublished draft) contains spatial data for the Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) boundaries in South Africa.

The Wind and Solar PV Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment- REDZs Dataset is provided for download as a zip file, containing a shape file for the Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) boundaries and a metadata document.

This dataset is for information purposes only, until it is finalised as an official dataset.

National Land Cover data sets for download

Land Cover 1990, 35 Classes

Size  Format
 4.44 MB     .zip
 254 MB   .zip
 236 MB   .zip
 254 MB   .zip

Land Cover 1990, 72 Classes

Size Format
258 MB .zip
277 MB .zip
277 MB .zip
4.26 GB .zip
4.60 MB .pdf

Land Cover 2013-14, 35 Classes

Size Format
5.64 MB .zip
227 MB .zip
213 MB .zip
229 MB .zip

Land Cover Thematic Data 2013-14, 72 Classes

Size Format
227 MB .zip
299 MB .zip
213 MB .zip
5.64MB .zip
4.01 GB .zip

Land cover data is a crucial reference dataset that informs a wide variety of activities ranging from environmental planning and protection, development planning, economic development, compliance monitoring, enforcement and strategic decision making.

The National Land Cover 2013/2014 (NLC 2013/2014) dataset provides 72 land cover/land use classes at a 1:75 000 - 1:100 000 data application scale. With classes ranging from agriculture, forestry, vegetation, wetlands, mining and built up areas to name a few.

The data sets was acquired by the department with open user license from GeoTerraImage.

Please note: The Department of Environmental Affairs will be receiving updated versions of other National Land Cover products. If you need assistance or have questions, please feel free to e-mail your contact details to

Protected areas map: 2016, Quarter 2
PACA_2016_Q1_BuffersThis  map service is showing formally protected areas in South Africa. The map is based on the official 2016, Quarter 2 data release. Privately owned nature reserves have been included on the map. Buffer areas shown on the map are based on the geographic areas defined in Listing Notice 3 of 4 December 2014 (R984).

Distribution maps for Certain Indigenous Species in South Africa
Invitation to comment on Notice 727 of 2016 (Gazette No. 40398)

Closing Date: 2 December 2016

More information and supporting documents are available from Maps and Graphics  on the DEA webpage.

Printable Maps are available from this page top menu bar.
GIS Day 2016 Presentations

1. Data or Solutions by Mr N Banks, Mr C Mahlasi & Ms N Mureriwa

2. Environmental Sector Portal by Ms M Moodley

3. GIS in National Biodiversity Assessment by Ms H Terrapon

4. Oceans and Coast Infor System (Phakisa) by Mr L Annamalai

5. Operational Awareness using Dashboard by Ms H Bijker

SEA for SIPs

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has committed to contribute to the implementation of the National Development Plan and National Infrastructure Plan by undertaking Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) to identify adaptive processes that integrate the regulatory environmental requirements for Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) while safeguarding the environment.

The SEA process is aimed at integrating environmental, economic and social factors to identify geographical areas which will have the lowest possible impact on the environment while yielding the highest possible social and economic benefit to the country.

SIP 8: Wind and Solar Photovoltaic (PV) SEA. (Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs))

SIP 10: Electricity Grid Infrastructure (EGI) SEA.

Solar Data

Solar data is now available for download. Three national data sets are available: Global Horizontal Irradiance, Photovoltaic yield (fixed) and Photovoltaic yield (tracking).

Go to the Data download section to download the data.

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