About Enviro Dynamics

We believe that we are called to assist clients in making the most of their available resources, both natural and human. Honesty, integrity and transparency are some of our guiding principles in ensuring deliverables of excellence, cutting across the various industries in which we have experience.

The Seed

The young seedling, Enviro Dynamics, was planted at the turn of the new millennium. Dedicated and committed to ecological, social and economic sustainability we are one of Namibia’s leading environmental management consultancies.

The Roots

Rooted in a culture of integrity, Enviro Dynamics act as custodians of creation, recognizing the importance of both biophysical and socio– economic environments. We are committed to optimizing ecologically sound and socially equitable principles.

The Trunk

Our diverse, multi-disciplinary staff attest to the dynamic nature of our level of expertise and experience. This is complemented by competent technical, clerical and logistical staff who ensure smooth operations at all times. Our network of associates has been extended; thereby strengthening our flexibility and efficiency.

Enviro Dynamics also collaborates with international environmental consultancies. We have, as a result, been exposed to projects which have varied in magnitude and linked us to a pool of resources and knowledge. Our working experience now reaches beyond the borders of Namibia and extends to other African countries and the Middle East.

Since the end of the 20th century, the relationship between human beings and the environment has become a topic of widespread concern. We expect that the world will become more crowded, more polluted, less ecologically stable and more vulnerable to natural hazards in the years ahead. These trends lead to a reduction in the quality of life of all people and we therefore have a responsibility to protect and conserve the natural environment.

We are committed to ensuring man’s sustainable use of natural resources.

The concept of sustainability is built on three pillars – economy, society and environment. These pillars should not be viewed as mutually exclusive entities, but as entities that are mutually reinforcing. Sustainability involves ‘improving the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems.’ (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987).

The pillars of sustainability:

The Environmental Management Act of 2007 and the Environmental Assessment Policy (1995), form the legislative framework for Environmental Management in Namibia. These legal instruments afford citizens the right to an environment that provides for their health, well-being and security. Our experience working with internationally funded projects governed by international standards adds to our exposure to various international protocols.

By implementing applicable legislation, we can ensure that all potential impacts or outcomes whether they be social, economic or ecological are considered before any development takes place. These ‘pre-developmental’ considerations are extremely important as they assist proponents and governments to eliminate unviable alternatives; optimise overall benefits; and prevent or minimise unwanted impacts of the projects. In our experience, the most successful projects are those that are transparent and initiated sincerely. They benefit many rather than give gain to a few. We strive towards adding value, using the tools offered by the Environmental Assessment Process. Each unique project, however, calls for smart solutions to match the specific situation.

The Birds

Who better to know their situation and the environment than the community itself? All communities have the right to be consulted about developmental changes that may influence their future. Depending on each project, an appropriate public disclosure and consultation programme is designed to effectively reach interested and affected parties. It takes into account cultural differences and various institutional arrangements.

Public participation can be seen as a ‘reversal of learning’ in which direct input is gained from a community with regard to their physical environment; cultural livelihoods; and the challenges and fears they face. These guide issue identification and possible mitigation measures. Ultimately, the public participation process ‘maximises the diversity and richness of information’.

The Fruit

We aim to work as a team, including and involving our clients. Together we share knowledge, skills and learn more about the unique personalities involved in each project. Enviro Dynamics is young, dynamic and flexible and can therefore meet the individual needs of each client and project. Personal attention, as part of our professional offering, ensures us a close working relationship with our clients, facilitating open communication. Enviro Dynamics adopts an integrated approach – a process that runs parallel to the development of the project from beginning to end. This allows for early detection in cases in which mitigation measures can be applied before adverse damage is done to the receiving environment.

The Branches

  • Agriculture
    We have provided valuable input to proposed agricultural projects including large-scale production of vegetables, maize and biofuel as well as poultry farming and associated abattoirs. Our involvement in agricultural projects extends to other SADC countries such as Zambia.
  • Industries
    Enviro Dynamics’ repertoire of industrial projects range from desalination plants, power generation (e.g. wind, hydropower and natural gas), cement manufacturing plants, bulk fuel storage and bitumen emulsifying plants to smaller scale projects such as fuel stations, community manufacturing and recycling projects.
  • Infrastructure
    Our involvement in the infrastructure sector ranges from assessments for linear projects such as railway lines, roads, power lines, water pipelines and telecommunication lines, to site-specific projects such as sewerage treatment facilities, borehole assessments, telecommunications masts as well as rural water supply master plans, regional land use plans and roads master plans amongst others.
  • Mining
    Our mining exposure includes assessments for oil exploration, diamond mining and exploration (both small scale as well as larger scale on- and offshore), uranium exploration and mining, quarries and borrow pits.
  • Strategic Planning
    We completed strategic environmental assessments and environmental policy inputs for a number of policy and planning initiatives at a national level (e.g. national land use plan and roads master plans) to city level (e.g. structure plans, biodiversity inventories and large scale city expansions.)
  • Residential
    We are involved throughout the life cycle of any project we take on, from the feasibility stage through to the post construction monitoring stage. Our projects range from the most prestigious, high income estates to the upgrading of informal settlements.
  • Tourism
    We have provided inputs to tourism master plans; the development of camp sites, lodges and community-based tourism initiatives.
Selected photographs provided by Carol Steenkamp & Alwyn van Zyl