National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

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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Matshidiso
No I do not
How can you solve a problem if you do not know what the root of the problem is? The use of big beautiful foreign words, without meaning, has become a norm in SA, and that has benefited us nothing. Climate change is man made, and its gonna get worse. Minister, just make time and look up in the sky for a change. That aeroplane flying up high in the sky on a daily basis, leaving rays of beam like lines of smoke, is Called the H.A.A.R.P System(you can check the meaning). Its called the weather modification system. It is responsible for all the abnormal weather changes: Floods, hail, earthquakes, extreme cold, heatwaves, droughts, etc. Monitor it and check how it affects the weather. This jet forms those fake clouds in the sky today, and after 3 days it becomes extremely cold/hot. That condition last only for 3 days, and they restart again. During my research, I found out that, these foreign people that are responsible for this system, fund local airports to do this dirty job for them. This system also spread viruses in the air that cause deseases and illnesses to people. The Bill is just full of fancy words, without a proper solution. Your strategy should be how to completely get rid of this System out of our country. The airports involved in this killer projects, must be investigated and taken to task. We as South Africans are really not curious, and we do not read. How many times have we seen this aeroplane busy up in the sky, and never ever wondered what it is all about? Wake up SA, we are on the brink of being wiped off the face of the earth, while we are busy with big English words, that were deliberately shoved down our throats, to stop us from using our brains. Let us stop the H.A.A.R.P killer system’ immediately!!!
Michael
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.
JJ
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!!
Willem
Not fully
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.
Michael Colin
Not fully
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.

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