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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Implement integrated catchment management planning 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253959  Implement integrated catchment management planning 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
The qualifying learner assessed as competent against this unit standard will be able to implement a management plan for water catchment systems (watersheds to oceans) following an integrated approach. This competence will contribute towards the conservation of catchment areas and their associated fauna and flora.

This unit standard will expand the qualifying learners' skill base and improve their employability in the field of Nature Conservation, Water Affairs and Forestry and Agriculture, to the marked benefit of the sub-field: Conservation.

Learners qualifying against this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of catchment systems.
  • Identify environmental problems that may be caused by human activity in catchment systems.
  • Implement corrective measures for environmental problems identified in consultation/collaboration with local communities and other stakeholders.
  • Monitor the catchment area habitat.
  • Participate in a Catchment Management Forum. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of catchment systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Various types of catchment areas are identified as it applies to the characteristics of each area. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Wetlands, Riverine vegetation, Estuary, Landscape types, Grasslands and Forests.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The functions of each catchment area is identified and explained as it applies to its essential components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Wetlands, Riverine vegetation, Estuary, Landscape types, Grasslands and Forests.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Discuss environmental problems that may be caused by human activity in catchment systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A range of possible environmental problems caused by human activity in catchment systems are identified and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The cause and effect relationship between human activity and environmental damage with reference to actual case studies is described through the preparation of a written report. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Solutions to environmental damage with reference to actual case studies encountered practically in the field are proposed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Deforestation, grazing, water pollution; waste disposal, vegetation destruction, alien vegetation, soil erosion as a result of misapplied agricultural activities such as poor cultivation and over-grazing, clearance and felling of commercially grown alien plants.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Implement corrective measures for environmental problems identified in consultation/collaboration with local communities and other stakeholders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Problems with local community assistance are identified, and corrective measures are implemented to eradicate invasive plant populations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A report is compiled to educate stakeholder communities with respect to the use of poisonous chemicals, their impact on the environment and relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Structures engaging various stakeholder groups are created to establish and execute the plan for optimum catchment area maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Legal action, where appropriate, is implemented to ensure optimum catchment area maintenance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Monitor the water catchment area habitat. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Basic prescribed procedures are applied practically to determine physical and chemical characteristics of water in catchment areas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Measurements are taken and records kept to determine water quantity according to prescribed procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The quality of vegetation is assessed using appropriate basic prescribed techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Common problem plants that occur in the system are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Bio-monitoring techniques are applied practically to determine the quality or health of the habitat. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A record is made of all fauna species present according to prescribed procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    An integrated, ongoing process of monitoring is instituted and maintained in the field with a variety of accurate and accessible recording procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Participate in a Catchment Management Forum. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relevant catchment management authority is identified for the catchment in the field of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevant legislation formulating a catchment management authority is understood and demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A record is kept of a catchment management authority meeting that has been attended, with reference to the roles of the various parties present. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements.
  • Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • 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 
  • Integrated catchment area management philosophy, approaches, methods and techniques.
  • Stakeholder Management and the establishment of good working relationships.
  • Legislation impacting on catchment areas. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem identification and solution:
  • Problem solving and identification is achieved through the implementation of corrective measures for environmental problems identified in consultation/collaboration with local communities and other stakeholders. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team and group work:
  • Stakeholder engagement in the management of catchment areas requires effective teamwork in the operational environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing the self:
  • Self-organising and management is supported through the monitoring of catchment areas. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Critically collecting, evaluating and analysing information:
  • The monitoring of catchment areas supports the collecting, evaluating and analysing of information in the operational environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Effective communication:
  • The use of effective communication is supported through stakeholder consultation, education and collaboration for catchment management activities in the operational environment. 

  • 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 
    Demonstration of the knowledge and skills outlined in this unit standard must be consistent with the principles of:
  • Maintaining essential ecological processes and life-support systems.
  • Maintaining genetic, species and ecosystem diversity.
  • Considering ecological and social rights and responsibilities, whilst ensuring sustainable utilization of species and ecosystems, thereby yielding the greatest sustainable and equitable benefit to present generations whilst maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59949   National Certificate: Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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.
     
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