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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, printable maps, interactive mapping tools and map services to the 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 obtain information about our environmental GIS programmes and activities in the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Latest data for download

South African Protected Areas Database (SAPAD) -  Q2, 2017

South African Conservation Areas Database (SACAD) -  Q2, 2017

Renewable Energy – Q2, 2017

REDZs and Associated Transmission Corridors Data Sets


» more data downloads


GIS events

GIS Day is an annual event. The next event is on 14 -15 November 2017. Follow this link for information about past GIS days.

Esri SA User Conference :  On 17 - 20 October 2017.

ESRI User Conference: 10 - 14 July 2017, San Diego. 

Geomatics Indaba 2017: 21 - 23 August 2017, Durban. 

GISSA: (Geo-Information Society of SA) events. 



Government Notices Released


Government Gazette, 13 April 2017. Notice 350 Notice of the procedure to be followed in applying for environmental authorisation for large scale wind and solar photovoltaic development activities occurring in geographical areas of strategic importance, namely Renewable Energy Development Zones and associated Strategic Transmission Corridors.