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South African Protected Areas Database (SAPAD)

The SAPAD is a GIS inventory of all protected and conservation areas in South Africa. Access Protected and Conservations Areas (PACA) data, Protected Areas Register and Feedback Application here.


Coastal Features Viewer

Find information regarding the Coastal Public Property (CPP) and Coastal Protection Zone (CPZ) to support decision making processes focussing on access to the coast, protecting sensitive coastal ecosystems and protecting people, property and economic activities. 


Renewable Energy Application Map

The renewable energy applications forms part of the DEA Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for efficient and effective rollout of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy.  


Welcome to Environmental GIS

Thank you for visiting the Environmental Geographical Information Systems (E-GIS) webpage.

This site provides access to baseline environmental geospatial data, map services, printable maps and relevant documents to users of geospatial technology, government as well as the public. Information regarding new data releases, GIS events, commenting notices and timeframes could be accessed through this site.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) works with the Committee on Spatial Information (CSI) and the broader GIS community to define the data architecture, systems, standards, policies and processes for a fully integrated and effective spatial data infrastructure for the country.

We hope you find this site useful to get information about our environmental GIS programmes and activities in the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Latest data for download

South African Protected Areas Database (SAPAD) - Q3, 2018 (Data released on 16-10-2018)

South African Conservation Areas Database (SACAD) - Q3, 2018 (Data released on 16-10-2018)

Renewable Energy - Q3, 2018 (Data released on 11-10-2018)


Other data available from Download page

Landcover Data

REDZs & Assosiated Transmission Corridors Data

For data downloads; Registration and login is needed.


GIS Tools and Events


National Environmental Screening Tool: A Geographically based web-enabled application to assist with pre-screening of a proposed site for any environmental sensitivity, before submitting an application for environmental authorization in terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (2014).


Free 2.5 hour Webinar demonstration of South Africa's National Environmental Screening Tool.


GIS Events

DEA GIS Day is an annual event. The next event is in November 2018. Follow this link for information about past GIS days.




Protected Areas Register, SA


The Protected Areas Register was developed for reporting and mapping purposes of Protected Areas in SA.

All legally declared protected and conservation areas (based on the SAPAD and SACAD data sets), can be searched and viewed through the use of the Protected Areas Register (PAR) Interactive Map Service.

Users can also generate reports and statistics from this Map Service.