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Draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for public comment

Invitation for comments

Interested and affected parties (stakeholders) are invited to comment on the draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS) [PDF - 1.71 mb].

Stakeholders are requested to submit comments using the NCCAS comments template provided.

Written responses should be submitted to the following officials:

Mr Sibonelo Mbanjwa
Tel: 012 399 9175
smbanjwa@environment.gov.za

Ms Alinah Mthembu
Tel: 012 399 8718 
amthembu@environment.gov.za

Why strategy is important?

The national adaptation strategy acts as a common reference point for climate change adaptation efforts in South Africa, and it provides a platform upon which national climate change adaptation objectives for the country can be articulated so as to provide overarching guidance to all sectors of the economy.

National strategic processes are critical to successful climate change adaptation planning and implementation. 

Adaptation strategies, sometimes referred to as frameworks at national scale, position countries to reduce their climate change risks and take advantage of economic opportunities.

Although adaptation responses are implemented locally or regionally, they need overarching guidance to reduce risks of maladaptation and maximise opportunities for integration at multiple levels.

These include integration of adaptation to climate change with national sustainable development aspirations, socioeconomic imperatives and identified climate risk priorities, and alignment with financial and other resources.

Closing date for comments is 31 January 2018!

 

 

Some climate change related threats: Drought and agriculture

In 2015/16, South Africa recorded its worst drought since 1904 and its impact was felt nationwide. Typical South African droughts are caused by the cyclical El Niño weather pattern, and the country has always had variable rainfall.

However, the effects of climate change mean the country will continue to experience increasing water scarcity and rainfall variability. 

In seasonally adjusted terms, agriculture contracted by almost 15% from R78 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 to R66 billion in the second quarter of 2016.

Most of this decline is attributed to the recent drought (TIPS 2016). The 2015 maize crop, at just under 10 million tons, was the lowest in South Africa since 2007, when it fell to 7 million tons.

More information about this available at » Green Cape 2017 Water Report