Environmental Rehabilitation Guide For South Africa

To rehabilitate is to restore the pre-existing environment. Written by an expert in environmental risk management and environmental rehabilitation, this book aims to help environmental managers, farmers, consultants and decision-makers in industry understand why environmental rehabilitation is necessary, the standard to which it should be done, and how to do it. This practical guide explains, for any given case, derivation of a rehabilitation objective, its boundary conditions, the interventions to be applied, and simple powerful metrics that can be used to measure achievement. The book includes 67 exhibits featuring full-colour images of rehabilitation and revegetation examples, useful summary tables, problem-solving flow charts, and more.

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Book Details

Weight 308 g
Dimensions 22.8 × 15.2 × 1 cm
Cover:

Softcover

Publisher:

Quickfox Publishing

About The Author

Mike Mentis

Mike Mentis

Dr Mike Mentis has a BSc (Botany & Zoology), BScHons (Zoology), an MSc in Nature Conservation, a PhD in Agriculture, and an MBA. He is a Principal Environmental Auditor and Full Member of the Insti­tute for Environmental Manage­ment and Assessment (UK), Chartered Environmentalist with the Society for the Environment (UK), and profes­sional scientist registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.

Over the past 30 years Dr Mentis has gained deep experience working on some of the largest infrastructure and resource exploitation projects in southern Africa (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho and South Africa), offering his expertise in environmental management consulting, mine rehabilitation assessment, risk management, and project management. He is coordinator of the environmental panel of experts on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. He has also developed an automated system of mine rehabilitation assessment that assesses site data, scores against standards, identifies weaknesses, and develops recommendations.

Dr Mentis has published over 100 scientific and popular articles in local and international journals, and is the author of the book Environmental Risk Management in South Africa. Environmental Rehabilitation Guide for South Africa is his second book. He is a member of the editorial board for Springer open access journal, Forest Ecosystems (Beijing, China).

Dr Mentis has three children and lives in Johannesburg with his wife, Lesley. He jogs daily and hikes in the Drakensberg when time avails.

“The Environmental Rehabilitation Guide for South Africa is a very useful reference for practitioners and environmental regulators in the construction, infrastructure, project, agriculture, and mining fields as a guide to best practice in environmental rehabilitation, to help restore the environment after high-impact activities.”
VALLI MOOSA, former Minister of Environmental Affairs

In essence, to rehabilitate is to restore the pre-existing environment. This book is a guide to why environmental rehabilitation is necessary, the standard to which it should be done, and how to do it.

Using the South African Constitution as the ultimate frame of reference, the guide explains, for any given case, derivation of a rehabilitation objective, its boundary conditions, the interventions to be applied, and simple powerful metrics that can be used to measure achievement.

The key elements of much rehabilitation – landscaping, runoff control and revegetation – are explained in terms of what the finished rehabilitation product should look like and how to get there. The approach to rehabilitation taken in this book, and the rehabilitation standards and methods explained, are not based on cost-benefit analysis and other financial trading off tools. These tools rely on discounting and pricing of non-market goods, all of which are infinitely debatable. Rather, this book rests on experiential learning as to what is sustainable. Sustainability, while a clichéd word, is here given operational definition.

Though this book focuses on rehabilitation in the humid and semi-arid regions of South Africa, the principles it uses are applicable across environmental management making it an invaluable handbook for business and political leaders, government officials, project managers, rehabilitation practitioners, farmers and civic institutions.

The book also includes 67 exhibits featuring full-colour images of rehabilitation and revegetation examples, useful summary tables, problem-solving flow charts, and more.

With a Foreword by Morné du Plessis, CEO of WWF South Africa.

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1 review for Environmental Rehabilitation Guide For South Africa

  1. Mark E.Aken

    Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed reading your book from cover to cover over the weekend. It complements the old CoM Guideline nicely and updates that with some new thinking and new experience. Well done!

    I have to admit to being a compulsive editor and read the book with pencil in hand to highlight all new ideas and approaches that I did not know or am not practicing that make a lot of sense, and also to highlight areas where I have different experience (understanding) after 22 years with Anglo Coal. I hope I can share some of these with you at some stage.

    I like the rapid assessment approach for vegetation monitoring that you propose – I need to try it.

    I also like the way you reinforced the right of all South Africa’s to a safe, healthy and non-polluting environment – our Constitutional right – and that rehab should be done to reclaim as much of the pre-mining land capability as possible. I hope your book reaches key regulators who can provide more of a stick to get mines to do the rehab/reveg work they need to do, so as not to pass on legacies/liabilities to future generations. Unless the authorities start demanding more of the mining houses (or that we start seeing more of a public outcry against shoddy rehab) – I fear the Constitution will remain just a piece of paper with a lot of latent energy but no kinetic energy!

    My distillation of a lot of the rehab failure (or loss of land capability) that I am seeing relates serious compaction and now increased hard-setting as the mines use bigger and bigger machines to strip and place soils (mixing weathered C and B2 material with so-called “usable soil” (A and B1 material).

    I want to understand the mechanism of hard-setting and wonder if this can be reversed – ditto for the serious compaction mainly caused by use of inappropriate equipment and handling of soils when they are wet (ie at or above their plastic limit).

    A great read.

    Mark E.Aken (PhD) Pr. Sci. Nat. ~ Land Use and Closure Sub-Consultant.

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