Presentation on theme: "Vote 30: Environmental Affairs 2014/15 Budget Dr Scotney Watts Research Unit 1 st July 2014."— Presentation transcript:
Vote 30: Environmental Affairs 2014/15 Budget Dr Scotney Watts Research Unit 1 st July 2014
Department of Environmental Affairs Department is organised into seven Programmes. Each programme is subdivided into sub-programmes or entities 1)Administration; 2)Legal, Authorisations, Compliance and Enforcement; 3)Oceans and Coasts; 4)Climate Change and Air Quality; 5)Biodiversity and Conservation; 6)Environmental Programmes; and 7)Chemicals and Waste Management.
2014/15 Budget Overall, the 2014/15 Budget for the Department rose by R461.6 million (nominal) and by R130.7 million (real Rand terms), relative to the 2013/14 Budget. Intra-departmental variation: Administration decreased by R123.9 million (nominal) and R162.0 million (real Rand) Climate Change and Air Quality decreased by R6.1 million (nominal) and R19.4 million (real Rand)
Administration Sub-programmeBudgetNominal increase/ decrease Real increase/ decrease 20/13/142014/15 Management92.622.214.171.124 Corporate Affairs182.5177.9-4.6-15 Environmental Advisory Services103.2126.96.36.199 Financial Management188.8.131.52.6 Office Accommodation294.1153.9-140.2-149.2 Environmental Sector Coordination56.9551.95.1 Total777.3653.4-123.9-162.0 Overall, these represent -15.9 nominal per cent change; -20 real per cent change.
Administration(cont...) The Department should clarify, which specific functions (e.g., strategic objectives or performance indicators) within the Corporate Affairs sub-programme would be negatively affected by the current budget cut. How does the Department envisage mitigating this impact?
Legal, Authorisations and Compliance Sub-programmeBudgetNominal increase/ decrease Real increase/ decrease 20/13/142014/15 Legal, Authorisations and Compliance Management 6.55.9-0.6-0.9 Compliance Monitoring15.8184.108.40.206 Integrated Environmental Authorisations43.1506.94 Enforcement26.124.2-1.9-3.3 Corporate Legal Support and Litigation220.127.116.11.1 Law Reform and Appeals13.614.20.6-0.2 Total113.318.104.22.168 Overall, these represent 8.2 nominal per cent change; 1.9 real per cent change.
Legal, Authorisations and Compliance (cont...) How would the Legal, Authorisations and Compliance Management sub-programme cope with the reduced budget in the current financial year? Which strategic objectives, performance indicators or targets are expected to be affected by this reduced spending focus? Why the reduction in the Enforcement sub-programme at a time when the environmental sector is under immense pressure from pollution; and natural resource degradation, destruction and depletion? The Department should clarify how enforcement is to be maintained in the face of these challenges.
Oceans and Coasts Sub-programmeBudgetNominal increase/ decrease Real increase/ decrease 20/13/142014/15 Oceans and Coasts Management22.214.171.124.3 Integrated Coastal Management34.148.914.811.9 Oceans and Coastal Research110.81132.2-4.4 Oceans and Coasts161.5182.821.310.6 Specialist Monitoring Services5.05.30.30.0 Total318.2357.439.218.3 Overall, these represent 12.3 nominal per cent change; 5.7 real per cent change.
Oceans and Coasts Programme (cont...) The potential of the oceans and coasts to meet sustainable development objectives is enormous (UNCED, JPOI & the Rio+20 Conference). Budget increased in real Rand terms by R18.3 million over the previous 2013/14 financial year. However, the Oceans and Coastal Research actually decreased by R4.4 million in real terms. The Specialist Monitoring Services sub-programme realised no increase in budget. How would this affect ocean and coastal research project surveys, establishment of observational platforms and ecosystem process studies? Clarify how things would be done differently in the Oceans and Coastal Research and the Specialist Monitoring Services to account for this low budget?
Climate Change and Air Quality Sub-programmeBudgetNominal increase/ decrease Real increase/ decrease 20/13/142014/15 Climate Change Management126.96.36.199.1 Climate Change Mitigation188.8.131.52-03 Climate Change Adaptation184.108.40.206.1 Air Quality Management36.537.61.1-1.1 South African Weather Service162.9152.5-10.4-19.3 International Climate Change Relations and Negotiations 220.127.116.11-0.2 Climate Change Monitoring and Evaluation 18.104.22.168.4 Total233.8227.7-6.1-19.4 Overall, these represent -2.6 nominal per cent change; -8.3 real per cent change.
Climate Change and Air Quality (cont...) Overall, the Climate Change and Air Quality Programme saw real percentage decline of more than eight per cent in the current 2014/15 financial year. This resulted in the reduction in budget of more than R6 million (nominal) and R19 million (real Rand), respectively. How would South Africa’s fair contribution to the global effort to stabilise greenhouse gas (GHG) in the atmosphere be achieved in the face of reduced spending focus on the Climate Change Mitigation sub-programme? Which specific mitigation actions outlined in the departmental Strategic Plan would be affected by this reduction most? How does the Department ensure that this reduction does not compromise climate change mitigation measures?
Climate Change and Air Quality (cont...) The reduction in transfer over the medium-term by the Department to SAWS was to give effect to Cabinet-approved budget reductions. This was expected to have a minimal effect on service delivery as the organisation would be able to raise revenue to compensate for the cuts. Explain for the benefit of the Committee the manner in which SAWS expects to raise revenue to counter this cut in departmental transfer.
Biodiversity and Conservation Sub-programmeBudgetNominal increase/ decrease Real increase/ decrease 20/13/142014/15 Biodiversity and Conservation Mgt 15.414.8-0.6-1.5 Biodiversity Planning and Management 23.624.71.1-0.3 Protected Areas Systems Management 43.645.92.3-0.4 iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority 28.822.214.171.124 SANParks 237.4274.136.720.7 SANBI 208.7126.96.36.199 Biodiversity Monitoring and Evaluation 188.8.131.52.9 Biodiversity Economy and Sustainable Use 14.814.7-0.1 Total576.7636.860.122.9 Overall, these represent 10.4 nominal per cent change; 4.0 real per cent change.
Biodiversity and Conservation (cont...) How would the strategic objective to ensure that “biodiversity is conserved, protected and threats mitigated” be achieved, if spending focus has diminished on critical sub-programmes such as Biodiversity and Conservation Management; Biodiversity Planning and Management; and Protected Areas Systems Management in the current financial year? What specific activities under this strategic objective would stagnate in the current financial year? Explain how “fair access and equitable sharing of benefits from biodiversity” would be promoted in the context of reduced budget in the Biodiversity Economy and Sustainable Use sub- programme.
Biodiversity and Conservation (cont...) Please explain what constitutes a successful natural resource based project in the context of “People and Parks”. How does the Department expect those natural resources- based projects in Bushbuckridge, Awelani and the one in the Transfrontier Conservation Area to be successful from the surrounding communities’ view point? How would the zero budget increase (in real terms) for the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority affect its ecological restoration activities and general operations in safeguarding the integrity of the Wetland Park?
Environmental Programmes Sub-programmeBudgetNominal increase/ decrease Real increase/ decrease 20/13/142014/15 Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programme 1 328.11 331.13.0-74.7 Working for Water and Working on Fire1 506.51 965.9459.4344.6 Green Fund250.0 0.0-14.6 Environmental Programmes Management184.108.40.206.9 Information Management and Sector Management 32.345.212.910.3 Total3 121.83 598.3476.5266.4 Overall, these represent 15.3 nominal per cent change; 8.5 real per cent change.
Environmental Programmes (cont...) The budget allocation to the Environmental Programmes rose by R266.4 million in real terms over the previous 2013/14 allocation to facilitate creating the desired job estimates, inter alia. Notwithstanding, the Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programme and the Green Fund realised real Rand budget cuts of about R75 million and R14 million, respectively. What justifies these reductions, and what are the likely impacts? How would the reduction in the Green Fund affect projects and innovation critical for transitioning to a green economy?
Environmental Programmes (cont...) How would the budget reduction in the Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programme affect attaining of the strategic objective of “improved socio-economic benefit within the environmental sector”? What are the key achievements of the Green Fund in terms of climate change mitigation and adaptation, thus far?
Chemicals and Waste Management Sub-programmeBudgetNominal increase/ decrease Real increase/ decrease 20/13/142014/15 Chemicals and Waste Management220.127.116.11.0 Hazardous Waste Management and Licensing 10.618.104.22.168 General Waste and Municipal Support30.627.3-3.3-4.9 Chemicals and Waste Policy, Evaluation and Monitoring 11.622.214.171.124 Chemicals Management8.07.8-0.2-0.7 Total65.7126.96.36.199 Overall, these represent 9.9 nominal per cent change; 3.48 real per cent change.
Chemicals and Waste Management (cont...) The spending focus (budget) in the Chemicals and Waste Management Programme over the medium-term would be on developing an appropriate legislative framework and building capacity. Thus, the bulk of the Programme’s budget is concentrated in the Hazardous Waste Management and Licencing; and Chemicals and Waste Policy, Evaluation and Monitoring sub-programmes. Ironically, the General Waste and Municipal Support sub- programme experienced budget cut, notwithstanding the capacity constraints at this sphere of Government. Thank you!