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The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a new addition to the Integrated Environmental Management (IEM) toolbox providing an approach for gathering, debating and presenting information upon which decisions are made.
The SEA was introduced into the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) to support the implementation of the National Water Act (NWA, No. 36 of 1998). SEA is a process and working tool that offers an approach, information and ways of supporting decision-making.
The SEA approach weighs the opportunities,constraints, the costs and benefits. It also weighs the social, economic and ecological impacts of how water is used and how it could perhaps best be used. This approach is also useful in the water allocation plans and licensing process.

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SEA Objectives
  • To ensure best use of water in an integrated way to best benefit the society and economy without degrading the environment.
  • To encourage people’s contribution in the affairs of the catchment and link users with decision-makers.
  • To assess and analyse data from the catchment
  • To provide decision-makers with reliable data from the catchments for more informed decisions.

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