Assessment environments: Staff at STS are highly experienced in terrestrial ecological assessments, including specialist floral and faunal assessments for all taxa across the African continent. Further services offered include screening and risk assessments, Biodiversity Action Plans, Biodiversity Management Plans, Biodiversity Offset Plans, Alien and Invasive Species Management Plans, site walk-downs, terrestrial ecological monitoring and rehabilitation plans.
STS has undertaken numerous terrestrial ecological assessments and over time has refined technique and presentation in such a way as to ensure the highest level of expertise which in turn leads to improved integration in the EIA process and easier decision making by both the proponent, the project professional team and the relevant decision making authorities. The following assessment spheres are highlighted with examples of prominent clients:
- Commercial and residential development (Clients including Century Development and M&T Development).
- Linear developments such as pipelines (Lepelle Northern Works, various mining clients) and powerlines (Private developers, mining, IPP’s and Eskom), roads (SANRAL and various mining clients).
- Mining across all sub sectors and all regions of South Africa, Southern, East and West Africa from junior mining companies and small quarry operators, to the largest diversified mining Companies (Anglo Platinum, Assore, Sedibelo Platinum, Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining).
- Industrial developments and facilities.
Reporting: Reports generated provide both qualitative and quantitative data on the terrestrial ecology associated with each project. Staff at STS are highly competent at using the latest GIS software and presenting data in a clear yet informative manner in the form of maps and graphs. This, coupled with scientifically sound reporting, conveys results in an easy to understand manner, while complying with all relevant stakeholder requirements.