As EAPs working in the footprint of the K2C you are required to include the following information in the assessment:

o A list of the relevant vegetation units encompassed by the proposed development and the conservation status of each unit (as provided in Mucina and Rutherford, 2006).

o A list of expected and recorded species for the following taxon groups: Important and Biogeographically Important vegetation species; mammals, birds; reptiles, amphibians, fish (where applicable) and any available invertebrate data (especially butterflies & aquatic macro-invertebrates).

o For all taxon groups indicate any Red Data species (International, National and / or local where applicable), endemic species and specially protected species (such as those listed under the Forest Act, or Provincial legislation)

o Reference to the National Freshwater Ecosystem Priority Areas (NFEPA) if there are any freshwater systems in the proposed site.

o An overlay of the relevant Critical Biodiversity Area maps from the Limpopo Conservation Plan or the Mpumalanga Biodiversity Sector Plan or related bioregional plans, dependant on where the development is taking place

(MPL CBA shapefile) (Limp CBA shapefile)

o Formally proclaimed Protected Areas (in accordance with NEMPA Section 9; 18; 23 and 28) if within it or in close proximity

(GEF PA Protected Areas shapefile)

o The Kruger National Park Bufferzone if within it

(KNP Bufferzone shapefile)

o The K2C land use zonation

(K2C Zones)

o The Protected Area Expansion Strategy (National or Provincial)

(NPAES 2016) (MPAES 2016) (LPAES 2016)

o Land use guidelines as per local municipality

o An overlay of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)

(IBA Shapefile)

Considerations needs to be made of the following documents dependant on the location of the development application:

o Limpopo Conservation Plan v2 [2013]

o Mpumalanga Biodiversity Sector Plan [2014]

o Mopani Bioregional Plan [2016]

o Ehlanzeni Bioregional [2017]

o Municipal Integrated Development Plans

o Municipal Spatial Development Frameworks

o Municipal Land Use Management Schemes

o Municipal By-laws (if applicable)

o Kruger National Park Management Plan (if in buffer area or within park) [2008-to be updated 2018]

o Protected area or conservation area management plans (if development is occurring inside one with a relevant management plan)

o Olifants-Letaba Environmental Management Framework [2009]

Key Stakeholders to involve in the EIA process within the K2C Biosphere footprint, dependant on the development application location:

o K2C

o Provincial Environmental Departments (MTPA; DARDLEA; LEDET)

o DEA

o SANParks (when working within its boundaries or Bufferzone)

o Other relevant environmental NPOs working in the area [Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT); BirdLife South Africa; World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF South Africa); Conservation South Africa (CSA); South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON)]