Skills Programme – 252457
8 Credits at NQF Level 2
Soil erosion is the displacement of the upper layer of soil and it is a form of soil degradation. This natural process can be caused by the dynamic activity of erosive agents, like water, wind, plants, animals, and humans. Soil erosion may be a slow process that continues relatively unnoticed, or it may occur at an alarming rate causing a serious loss of topsoil. Human activities have increased by 10 – 50 times the rate at which erosion occurs globally.
This unit standard is aimed at individuals involved in the combating of soil erosion. The standard enables the relevant knowledge and skills required to understand the necessity to take preventative measures against soil erosion, assist in erosion control and the identification and reporting of sites of erosion. Individuals found competent in this unit standard will be able to implement erosion control measures and reflect on measures taken.
A qualified learner will be able to:
- Detect soil erosion sites.
- Detect and explain the causes of erosion.
- Control erosion through taking appropriate remedial action in the long and short term.
- Implement systems of remediation and report on them.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions and improve on them.
- Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1
It is furthermore assumed that learners embarking on this unit standard are familiar with:
- Orientate, navigate, use and create maps in conservation areas