National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy open for public comment
South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs, Nomvula Mokonyane, published the draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS) on 6 May 2019 for public input and comments. Members of the public can submit their written input and comments by 5 June 2019.
This strategy should be South Africa’s master plan to deal with climate change that aims to provide a common vision of climate change adaptation and climate resilience for the country – a country already experiencing significant climate change impacts.
“Adapting to build a strong South Africa” is the key message proposed by the draft strategy as it emphasises subsidiary messages such as the impact climate change will have on poor and vulnerable communities or the increased climate adaptation investment opportunities.
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- Here is the full list of subsidiary messages that fall under the banner of “Adapting to build a strong South Africa”, proposed by the NCCAS:
- South Africa needs to adapt to climate change: Sustained warming and increasing rainfall variability over the short to medium term (the next two to three decades) will have increasingly adverse effects on key sectors of South Africa’s economy in the absence of effective adaptation responses.
- Climate change threatens development: The projected adverse effects of ongoing climate change in South Africa are likely to threaten the achievement of urgent national development needs, and well-founded aspirations to address historical inequities.
- The poor are most vulnerable to climate change impacts: The increasing frequency of extreme weather events is likely to have a disproportionate impact on the poorest in society (both rural and urban), amplifying existing social inequalities. The poor typically have limited opportunities and, consequently, are disproportionately affected by the negative impacts of climate change.
- The NCCAS will give South Africa an advantage in the future: Planning for climate change ensures that South Africa is in a position to leverage opportunities that arise due to changing climatic conditions and enhance its global competitiveness.
- Climate change presents investment opportunities: New funding ﬂows to support adaptation represent the biggest acceleration of development investment since the achievement of democracy in South Africa. This provides a unique opportunity to both ensure climate resilience
and achieve development aspirations.
- Transformational change: Transformational, systemic change is required to address the challenges presented by climate change.
- The need for integration and collaboration: Sectoral and integrated cross-sectoral approaches are essential to building societal resilience in a holistic way.
- Linkages between adaptation and mitigation are increasingly vital: This is because there is an intensified international focus on keeping global warming below 2°C, and therefore adaptation responses need to be cognisant of their mitigation implications. At the same time, the adverse impacts of climate change on resource availability potentially limits energy development options. An adaptation and mitigation strategy requires integrated planning.
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No I do not
Unfortunately the South African government like all governments in the rest of the world have lost the plot entirely when it comes to climate change. Climate change is a direct result of the unsustainable and uncontrolled population growth and subsequent over - utilization of the limited resources available on the planet such as water ,forests , fish stocks and arable land.
The only effective first step in combating climate change is to sterilize every male under the age of 60 years of age for the next 30 years.
No I do not
Climate Change is not man made, there is nothing we can do to change the climate. We are heading for a colder 10 years (at least) and people need cheap reliable electricity, not only to grow the economy but to survive!!
It’s good to have a legislation, but where is the action plan?
What will you do to minimized the effect of climate change on the poor?
Where is the urban farming project?
Rain water collection projects?
Sustainable bevelopment and housing projects?
In the western Cape there is a serious water shortage, people still collect water from the spring around town, what is the plan to solve this? I herd that government stoped the installation of the desalination plant in and around Cape Town ?
Where is the planting threes projects?
I see a lot of planing an no or very little action, can’t weight for shit to hit the fan and then want to fix it, prevention is better.
GOOD IDEA . But the government will just loot the money as always so it is just another tax on the average south african who can ill afford it.
Ok, so the world is in trouble for us, humans, are destroying it. Very valid point and what do we want to leave our children, a waste land?. My problem with the bill is: we are paying taxes, levies, for services by municipalities etc etc etc.... but still our country is one big waste land, why? why is the water toxic? why don't people do the job they are getting paid for? how many taxes does the government still want to impose on the citizen's of SA? How much more money do we have to spend to save our country, while the government who is suppose to look after their country, citizen's and the land, not doing their jobs and get paid millions per year? More and more can be impose on us, but it will only be money for looting, not to tackle and solve the problem. why tax/register solar power? isn't it a way to cut climate change and help save the world? so i am from meaning that with the best intents, this is just another money making scheme and nobody in government gives a damn about the world. why is plastic bags still used in SA? Why in 25 years the problem around littering is not once mentioned? Why is there not a law against littering? or sewerage farms pumping raw sewage into the rivers and sea? Why was and is there no action against municipalities who water works are not working at all or not working properly? Yes, we have to do something because we are killing our world, but more money won't solve the problem, only people realising that their actions is killing the world.
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