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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Design a natural resource management plan 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116425  Design a natural resource management plan 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
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  2015-07-01  2018-06-30  SAQA 10105/14 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 
A learner achieving this unit standard will be able to explain the importance of natural resource management in relation to agricultural practices. Furthermore, the learner will be able to incorporate this understanding into the design of a natural resource management plan of the farm in relation to area wide planning and when participating in area wide planning and local government structures and policies.

In addition learners will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture or to strive towards professional standards and practices at higher levels.

Competent learners will be fully conversant with agricultural regulations and aspects of conservation as to provide the environment for the application of quality practices and thus strengthen agricultural practices in general.

Learners will gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural practices as applied in the animal-, plant and mixed farming sub fields. This unit standard focuses on the application of natural resource management in primary agriculture.

They will be able to participate in, undertake and plan farming practices with knowledge of their environment. This unit standard will instil a culture of maintenance and care for both the environment as well as towards farming infrastructure and operations. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is expected of the learner attempting this unit standard to demonstrate competence against the unit standard:
  • "Implement a natural resource management plan, NQF 4" or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Design integrated natural resource management practices and plans to combat and prevent environmental degradation and deterioration. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Natural resource management includes but is not limited to soil erosion and degradation, water harvesting, maintenance of catchment areas, establishment of rehabilitation areas, alien plant infiltration, fire precautions, agric practices on natural resources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Soil erosion preventative structures, water runoff, catchments and rehabilitation are designed and included into farm lay out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Current agricultural practices are reviewed for efficiency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Integrated and diverse partnerships (including environment, agriculture and planning) are developed and in place. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Natural resource management practices are included with management plans. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Introduce innovative natural resource management practices to ensure the sustainability of an agricultural endeavour. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    New research and information is accessed and utilised in natural resource management. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    A natural resource management strategic plan for a farm is developed and/or updated. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Flora and Fauna, together with their status (protected, endangered/ abundant, invasive, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Local resources are identified and related to biodiversity potential. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The area wide planning process is dovetailed with the strategic plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The natural resource management data received are correctly interpreted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant external information is accessed and reflected in the strategic plan. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Manage preventative and control measures according to a management plan. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Preventative and control measures include protection of biodiversity (endangered species) and control of invasive species. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The strategic plan is dovetailed with the management plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The management plan is adapted according to market plans and risk management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reports on natural resource management activities are received and evaluated and necessary amendments are made. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Determine company/farm policy on natural resource management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The most current updated information, and trends on natural resource management, is reflected by the policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Current information on legislation is acquired. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Assist in the development of area wide planning and local government structures and policies. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Work with Conservation and Agricultural authorities to ensure that area wide plans exist and take steps to promote these among fellow land users. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A working knowledge of acts and legislation is demonstrated and the implications thereof explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Participation in relevant structures, meetings and forums is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Input into above structures is prepared and presented. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of natural resource management practices and principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Natural resource management is incorporated into the management system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Impact study outcome is interpreted and recommendations formulated. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then thy should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate an intermediate knowledge of:
  • Principles of natural resources management.
  • Fire fighting (advanced).
  • Data processing techniques.
  • Principles of sustainability.
  • Methods of scheduling.
  • Definitions and terminology.
  • Methods of strategic planning.
  • Basic principles of budgeting.
  • Characteristics of soil types.
  • Rules of gravity.
  • Disasters that occur in the area.
  • Basic knowledge of holistic resource management
  • Environmental impact assessment.
  • Communication techniques.
  • Acts and legislation on "conservation of Agricultural Resources".
  • OHS Act.
  • Natural Resource Conservation Act.
  • The water cycle.
  • The ecosystems.
  • The energy cycle.
  • Principles of sustainability.
  • Classification of fauna and flora relevant to the area.
  • Alien species relevant to the area.
  • Soil types and characteristics,
  • Definitions.
  • Terminology.
  • Prevailing climatic conditions of the area.
  • Sources of water.
  • Sources of energy (renewable and non renewable).
  • Topography.
  • Types of pollution.
  • Communication techniques.
  • Presentation techniques
  • Managerial techniques
  • Labour relations 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development relates to all specific outcomes. 

    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  63249   National Diploma: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  49011   National Diploma: Animal Production  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  49010   National Diploma: Plant Production  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2018-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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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