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 Geographic Information Systems (E-GIS) webpage of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE).

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.

 Data for which DFFE is the custodian can be downloaded from the DATA DOWNLOADS page.


South African National Land Cover and Land Cover Change Launched

Download SANLC data here:

  • 2022 South African National Land Cover (SANLC)

  • South African National Land Cover (SANLC) Change Assessment Datasets

Recording (MP4) of the meeting available from this link.

Latest data for download

Protected and Conservation Areas (PACA) 2023_Q4

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

Released: 19 April 2024

2023-2025 Data release schedule


SA Renewable Energy EIA Application Database (REEA) 

  • SA REEA; 2024_Q1

Released: 31 May 2024

2024-2025 REEA Data release schedule


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


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.

Branch Fisheries Management

Proposed Priority Ranching Zones dataset.

Data download page