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 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

SA Protected and Conservation Areas (PACA)

  • SA Protected Areas Data (SAPAD); 2020_Q4
  • SA Conservation Areas Data (SACAD); 2020_Q4
  • SA Marine Protected Area Zonations (SAMPAZ); 2020_Q4

Released on 15 April 2021

Next data release - 30 June 2021

SA Renewable Energy EIA Application Database (REEA) 

  • SA REEA; 2021_Q1

REEA_2021_Q1 - Released on 31 May 2021.

Next data release - 31 August 2021

2021 - 2023 REEA Data release schedule

Data download page

South African National Land Cover (SANLC) 2018

  • SANLC 2018

Released on 4 October 2019.

  • SANLC 2018 - Change Assessment

Released on 13 December 2019.

Data download page

REDZs & Assosiated Transmission Corridors Data

For all data downloads

Note: Registration and login is needed.


Screening Tool

  • Gazetted NoticeCompulsory submission of a report generated by the National Web Based Environmental Screening Tool as from 4 October 2019.
  • National Environmental Web Based 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).
  • Webinar:  A 2.5 hour demonstration of South Africa's National Environmental Screening Tool.
  • Screening Tool Online Help


GIS Events

DEFF GIS Day is an annual event.

The next event is in November 2021.


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 Service

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

For more information go to the PAR Project Page.