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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan and implement minimum environmental impact practices 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262305  Plan and implement minimum environmental impact practices 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Adventure Based Learning 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Hospitality, Tourism, Travel, Gaming and Leisure 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is aimed at individuals involved in the identification, planning and implementation of practices which minimise the direct impact on the environment in which activities are conducted.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Determine the impact of activities on the operational environment.
  • Plan for minimal impact on the environment.
  • Implement practices; which minimise impact on the environment in which activities are conducted. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Determine the impact of activities on the operational environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The interrelationships between, plants, animals, natural phenomena and people within the operational environment are identified so as to determine possible impact of activities on the environment and the ecosystem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Requirements for compliance with land management principles and policies are explained from personal and legal responsibility perspectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The potential destructive impact of activities on the environment is identified and action taken to prevent and minimise such. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan for minimal impact on the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Minimal impact practices and procedures are integrated into a plan to reduce impact on the natural environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Current strategies implemented by land managers are identified and adhered to in the planning of activities or programmes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Alternative options or sites are selected to minimise impact where the impact of envisaged activities are possibly not beneficial to the environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Implement practices which minimise impact on the environment in which activities are conducted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specific impacts likely to occur during an activity are communicated to participants. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Minimal impact practices and procedures, as recommended by the activity plan, are used to reduce impact on the natural environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment use, etiquette and appropriate behaviour when interacting with the community, control of human waste, control of fires and use of artificial fires for cooking purposes, Natural, heritage or cultural sites are used in accordance with protocols, guidelines and/or legislation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Environmental resources are shared in a co-operative way. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The impact on the environment of organisation practices is assessed so as to recommend future improvements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental impact practices.
  • Legal and statutory requirements.
  • Basic ecological principles, life cycles and interrelationships.
  • Techniques related to environmental protection.
  • Knowledge of fragile environments and/or threatened species. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving capability is demonstrated when implementing plans which minimise impact and include consideration of suitability and appropriate use of a specific environment for the proposed activity, as well as alternative sites or options. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork is indicated when minimal impact practices and procedures, as recommended by land managers and activity groups, are integrated into a plan to reduce impact on the natural environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation is promoted through identifying the impact and effect on the environment caused by an activity. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication is appropriately used when etiquette and appropriate behaviour are demonstrated when interacting with any community affected by an activity. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65569   Further Education and Training Certificate: Adventure Based Learning  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  71549   Further Education and Training Certificate: Tourist Guiding  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    NONE 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.