The Portfolio Committee on Conservation and Environmental Affairs is a Legislature Committee established in terms of the provision of Rule 180 of the Standing Rules of the Legislature. It is accountable to the Committee of Chairpersons, Office of the Chairperson of Committees and the House.
The Committee exists in order to deliver on the following constitutional mandate assigned to the Legislature:
1. Performing oversight over the environmental affairs function (Programme 7) of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.
2. Law making; and
3. Involving the public in committee and legislative processes.
The AOP represents the key activities that this committee will undertake in fulfilling its mandate.
The priorities listed below fulfill a dual purpose. In certain instances, they form part of the activities undertaken by the committee (e.g. Site Visits). In other instances, they serve as a basis for the committee to prioritise the manner in which it analyses information received the department (e.g. analysis of draft APPs, quarter reports or annual reports).