Volunteer for Wildlife Conservation

  • Make a difference and volunteer for important wildlife and conservation work throughout Africa.
  • Excursions into wild Africa for the adventurous by arrangement

Scientific Services

  • Environmental management
  • Conservation and wildlife management
  • Ecological management
  • Habitat restoration and rehabilitation
  • Conservation landscaping
  • Go green

Environmental Accounting and Auditing

Services of an environmental accounting specialist to verify and audit environmental costs.

Photographic and Video library

  • Wide range of nature, wildlife, conservation, agriculture, rural and tribal photographs and video footage
  • Specialist photographic safaris by arrangement

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Conservation and Wildlife Management

ENVIRO FOCUS specialize in ecological and environmental management plans for wildlife and nature areas regardless of its size. This involves among others:

  • Habitat evaluation, vegetation maps and plant checklists.
  • Evaluations of overgrazing, over browsing and soil erosion.
  • The determination of suitable wildlife species that are ecological suitable for the available habitats.
  • The estimation of a stocking rate and species composition that can be sustainable supported by the available habitats.
  • Habitat rehabilitation and the control of alien plant infestations
  • The establishment of a long term habitat monitoring system
  • Drafting environmental and ecological management plans
  • Drafting specie specific management plans

“No matter how few possessions you own or how little money you have, loving wildlife and nature will make you rich beyond measure.”

PAUL OXTON

ECOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT

ENVIRO FOCUS includes a wide scope of specialist services in ecological management including: erosion control, removal of non-indigenous species and weeds, restoration and re-vegetation of disturbed areas, day lighting streams and improving stormwater management, reintroduction of indigenous fauna and flora species as well as habitat and veld improvement for targeted species in wildlife and conservation management. As part of the service ENVIRO FOCUS also:

  • Drafts ecological management plans.
  • Management plans for specific problem areas or species requiring special management.

RESTORATION AND REHABILITATION OF DAMAGED HABITATS

ENVIRO FOCUS assists clients with restoration in areas of changing land use, such as areas disturbed by mining, development, civil works, farmlands or landfills, contaminated lands, and former industrial sites.

While existing laws and programs protect or encourage preservation of many natural resources and landscapes, there is a clear need to go beyond protection and preservation – the restoration of damaged natural habitats. Habitat restoration is an important and growing element of efforts to preserve our natural heritage and to protect and restore the critical “services” that the environment provides.

Rehydration

This we achieve by retarding the loss of rainfall runoff, capturing this runoff and increasing water infiltration into the soil. We pay particular attention to the re-establishment of a protective soil mulch cover and the rehydration of the aridified soil.

Revegetation

We strongly believe in biodiversity and use only indigenous plants for revegetation of the rehabilitation project areas and pay particular attention to the restoration of the soil micro-organisms that are necessary for soil health and plant wellbeing.

Erosion control

The control of natural soil erosion is a first step to habitat rehabilitation. Effective erosion controls handle surface runoff and are important techniques in preventing water pollution, soil loss, wildlife habitat loss and human property loss.

Stormwater management

The control and management of stormwater to prevent erosion and flood damage is one of our specialist areas. Together with civil engineers the design, construct and implement stormwater control measures to address problems and flow.

Our Approach

Our particular expertise approach are to create the favorable conditions that the natural vegetation of the area needs to regain its former natural protective cover. Restoring nature to it's former glory.

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ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Environmental management is an elusive concept that means different things to different people, especially depending on the context and the purpose or objectives for which it is used. At ENVIRO FOCUS we consider environmental management not only limited to management of the environment, but also as a management of governance strategy that derives its authority from a well-established legal mandate.

ENVIRO FOCUS offers a range of specialist ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT services  in both the fields of:

  • ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATORY COMPLIANCE, and
  • MANAGEMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

Usually an EIA, EMP and ROD determine conditions and requirements before a project may commence. ENVIRO FOCUS implements those requirements and conditionsafter the project has commenced, from construction throughout the operational life cycle (cradle to grave) ensuring that your business complies with relevant legislation, requirements and conditions as stipulated by the EIA, EMP and ROD. We also fulfill services as Environmental Control Officer (ECO) or Environmental Managers for a project.

ENVIRO FOCUS also offers:

  • Independent regulatory compliance auditing to provide assurance to auditors, directors and management (see Auditing)

MANAGEMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

ENVIRO FOCUS combines a range of its specialized services in Environmental Management. Once authorization has been received for a project the RoD and EMP require that various conditions as well as environmental, ecological and conservation issues  needs to be implemented and addressed throughout the life cycle of the project.ENVIRO FOCUS will address and implement and manage all these conditions and requirements ensuring regulatory compliance. ENVIRO FOCUS also offers clients amongst others services in:

  • Rehabilitation of environmental degradation,
  • Protection of threatened species and ecosystems,
  • Conservation and restoration of vulnerable habitats and biodiversity,
  • Eradication of alien and invasive species,
  • Maintenance of ecosystems
  • Stormwater management in urban and industrial developments

ENVIRONMENTAL ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING

Environmental accounting refers to the way in which environmental issues impact on the financial statements of companies and the accounting ‘rules’ that govern the recognition and disclosure of these issues in the balance sheet, income statement and related aspects of the annual financial report. This enables financial analysts and users of financial statements to understand the financial and other business impacts of environmental issues on the company. In addition, environmental accounting directly reflects sustainability and is a sensible business method to show that a company is accountable for its environmental actions and impact thereof.

At ENVIRO FOCUS we believe the environmental accounting process should include:

  • Extracting environmental costs hidden in overhead financials and reporting thereof separately and transparently.
    • Measurement and disclosure of environmental financial information.
    • Measurement, use and disclosure of environmental physical and monetary information.
    • Estimation and valuation of external environmental impact and costs thereof.
    • Accounting for stocks and flows on environmental resources in both physical and monetary terms in processes, products and process lines (waste, pollution carbon footprint (GHG))
  • Verification and audit of environmental accounting for inclusion in financial auditing.
  • Verification and audit of environmental audit report.
  • Environmental compliance audit.
  • Environmental performance audit.
  • Report on main features of environment affected or impacted.
  • Detailed disclosure on the environmental costs and the estimates of future costs.

Why separate Environmental Accounting and Auditing is important

  • Environmental costs are inadequately reflected in conventional accounting.
  • Unintentional hiding of environmental costs in overhead accounts.
  • Inaccurate allocation of environmental costs.
  • Inaccurate accounting for volumes, valuations and consequences.
  • Inaccurate allocation of environmental costs from overhead accounts back to processes, products and process lines.
  • Inaccurate characterisation of environmental costs.
  • Lack of inclusion of significant environmental costs in accounting records.

Environmental accounting contributes to enhanced environmental performance by organisations, while simultaneously improving operational and financial efficiency, thereby promoting sustainable development.

Accountants and auditors have traditionally not been associated with conservation or the environment. However, as providers of financial information, reports, and assurance on which business decisions are frequently based, they are increasingly drawn into the environmental arena.

The objective of an audit of financial statements is to enable the auditor to express an opinion on whether the financial statements are presented fairly and are prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the financial reporting framework to present a true and fair view of the entity. Material respect can be directly linked to environmental costs, obligations, impacts and outcomes thereof. It is clear that the audit of financial statements requires the auditor to consider environmental matters as part of the audit - and will increasingly require the services of an environmental accounting specialist to verify and audit environmental costs.

Industry should recognize that environmental costs, liabilities and asset impairment affect the preparation and audit of financial statements. The financial statements, subject to audit, are those of the entity, prepared by management of the entity with oversight from those charged with governance. However, an audit is conducted on the premise that management and, where appropriate, those charged with governance have acknowledged certain responsibilities that are fundamental to the conduct of the audit – such as environmental costs and liabilities. In addition, the audit of financial statements does not relieve management, or those charged with governance, of their responsibilities. Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations may result in fines, litigation or other consequences for the entity that may also have a material effect on the financial statements.

The credibility of financial reports is dependent upon the quality and accuracy of the contents and the mechanisms that are in place to transparently verify them. Stakeholders that make use of the financial reports must be able to do so in absolute confidence in the contents. External specialist environmental accountants and auditors from ENVIRO FOCUS will provide independent verification that the information provided is correct and is a means of ensuring that there can be no disputes over the accuracy of the report data.

To assist accountants, auditors, directors of companies and industry management across all spheres of industry alike, ENVIRO FOCUS will undertake and assist with:

ENVIRONMENTAL ACCOUNTING and AUDITING

  • Extract environmental costs from financials and report thereon separately
  • Measurement and disclosure of environment related financial information in financial accounting and reporting.
  • Estimation and valuation of environmental impact and costs in financial accounting.
  • Accounting for stock, and flow of natural resources, in environmental accounting.
  • Verification and audit of costs for environmental accounting
  • Verification and audit of environmental audit report
  • Assisting accountants and/or auditors with environmental accounting and audit
  • Determine costs and record costs of environmental compliance, etc
  • Determine and recording environmental costs of projects
  • Verify and audit environmental accounting report
  • Costs to prevent, abate or remedy damage to the environment
  • Costs of consequences of environmental damage, damage to others or damage to natural resources
  • Consequences of non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations
  • Vicarious environmental liability costs imposed by law

ENVIRONMENTAL REGULARITY AUDITING

  • Monitoring and verifying compliance with environmental laws, regulations, EIA, EMP and RoD requirements and compliances
  • Reduce the risks and costs associated with non-compliance with regulations
  • Evaluating cost savings by minimizing waste and preventing pollution
  • Identify liabilities and risks

PROJECT PERFORMANCE AUDITING

  • Verify and evaluate project performance against environmental performance and compliance, project goals, timeframe, expected outcomes and costs
  • Indicators of environmental related performance fairly reflect the performance of the entity
  • Physical “stock-take” audit to verify and evaluate project expenses and performance to provide assurance against corruption, bribery, fraudulent and/or unauthorized spending
  • Environmental programs are conducted in an economical, efficient and effective manner
  • Auditing project performance to ensure investor objectives and desired outcomes are complied with.

ENVIRONMENTAL FORENSIC AUDITS

  • Forensic audit of environmental costs, expenditures and accounting
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