PACAOceans and CoastRenewable Energy


PACA is an GIS inventory of all protected and conservation areas in South Africa.


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

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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 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) 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 DFFE.

Latest data for download

Protected and Conservation Areas (PACA) 2023_Q3

  • SA Protected Areas Data (SAPAD)
  • SA Conservation Areas Data (SACAD)
  • SA Marine Protected Area Zonations (SAMPAZ)

Released: 14 December 2023

2022 - 2023 Data release schedule

Data download page


 SA Renewable Energy EIA Application Database (REEA) 

  • SA REEA; 2023_Q4

Released: 29 February 2024

2024-2025 REEA Data release schedule

Data download page

South African National Land Cover (SANLC), 2020

  • SANLC 2020
  • SANLC 2020 Change Assessment Datasets- Documents amended, 30 May '22
  • SANLC 2018, Computer Automated Land Cover (CALC)
  • SANLC 2014 and 2018 Change Assessment Datasets, Computer Automated Land Cover (CALC) - Documents amended, 30 May '22
  • SANLC 2020 Launch Presentations

Data download page


National Environmental Web Based Screening Tool

  • The Screening Tool is 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)
  • Webinar:  A 2.5 hour demonstration of South Africa's National Environmental Screening Tool.

  • Online Help document.

  • Gazetted NoticeCompulsory submission of a report generated by the National Web Based Environmental Screening Tool as from 4 October 2019.


GIS Events

DFFE GIS Day Presentations

GIS day was held on 15 November 2023. Presentations are available for download here.


Protected Areas Register, SA


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

All legally declared Protected Areas (based on the latest SAPAD data release), can be searched and viewed through the use of the

 Protected Areas Register (PAR) Interactive Map Viewer

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

For more information go to the PAR Project Page.