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Draft National Climate Change Strategy Drawn Up

May 7, 2019

Department of Environmental Affairs

7 May 2019

Government’s proposed plan to deal with climate change has been released for comment.

The Draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS) was published in Government Gazette 42446.

According to the introduction, the Draft NCCAS “provides a common vision of climate change adaptation and climate resilience for the country, and outlines priority areas for achieving this vision”.

It also provides a common reference point for climate change adaptation efforts in South Africa, sets down a policy instrument within which adaptation efforts can be spelled out, assists development initiatives to reflect climate change resilience and promotes coherence and coordination on climate change adaptation activities between different institutions and levels of government.

“The NCCAS serves as South Africa’s National Adaptation Plan and fulfils South Africa’s commitment to its international obligations as outlined in the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).”

The NCCAS, drawn up by the environmental affairs department, is a ten-year plan that will be reviewed every five years.

The NCCAS focuses on, inter alia, context, strategic focus, reduce vulnerability and build adaptive capacity, early warning systems, adaptation planning and mainstreaming, research, governance and legislation, finance and implementation framework.

Strategic objectives include building climate resilience and adaptive capacity to respond to climate change risk and vulnerability, promoting the integration of climate change adaptation response into development objectives, policy planning and implementation, improving the understanding of climate change impacts and capacity to respond to the impacts and ensuring resources and systems are in place to facilitate implementation of climate change responses.

Key messages to be communicated include that South Africa needs to adapt to climate change, climate change threatens development, the poor most vulnerable to climate change impacts, the NCCAS is designed to give South Africa an advantage going forward, climate change presents investment opportunities and linkages between adaptation and mitigation are important.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.