Environmental Management is governed by the Constitution of 1996, the National Environmental Management Act of 1998 and the Coastal Management Act of 2008.
The NEM: Integrated Coastal Management Act (ICMA) states that District Municipalities are responsible for coastal management within their respective jurisdiction.
Section 42 of ICMA states that: Each metropolitan municipality and each district municipality that has jurisdiction over any part of the coastal zone may establish a coastal committee for the municipality;
The Overberg District Municipality will convene a MCC on a quarterly basis to provide a platform to discuss coastal management matters and strive towards improving integrated coastal management. The Overberg District Municipality is also represented as an elected member on the Provincial Coastal Committee.
Section 48 of ICMA states that: (1)(a) A coastal municipality must, within four years of the commencement of this Act, prepare and adopt a municipal coastal management programme for managing the coastal zone or specific parts of the coastal zone in the municipality;
The Overberg District Municipality has taken responsibility for the drafting of the Coastal Management Programme (CMP) as prescribed. The implementation of the CMP will require various role-players to achieve the desire outcomes, giving effect to integrated coastal management. Participation and effective implementation will be based on the availability of capacity and resources.
The ODM will also be assisted by the National Department of Environmental Affairs as well as the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning through the roll out of initiatives, assisting the implementation of the CMP.
The ODM supports the Working for the Coast Programme as a (DEA) national job creation initiative.
Environmental Management Services is responsible to conduct regular coastal and catchment inspections in order to determine if there are any changes/impacts on the environment pertaining to: