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Sustainable development and the environment: lessons from the St Lucia Environmental Impact Assessment

Sustainable development and the environment: lessons from the St Lucia Environmental Impact Assessment

South African Journal of Science 93(1): 23-33

The environmental impact assessment (EIA) on the effects of the proposed mining on the Eastern Shores of Lake St Lucia was arguably the largest and most transparent yet undertaken on the African continent. It assessed the consequences of proposed mining in coastal dune systems in northern KwaZulu-Natal, in an area regarded as very important for conservation. Public opposition to the mining, and participation in the EIA, reached unprecedented levels.

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