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South Africa’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy approved

Source(s):  South African Governement News Agency

South Africa’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS) supports the country’s ability to meeting its obligations in terms of the Paris Agreement.

“This Strategy defines the country’s vulnerabilities, plans to reduce those vulnerabilities and leverage opportunities, outlines the required resources for such action, whilst demonstrating progress on climate change adaptation,” said the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy.

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The 2015 Paris Agreement elevated the importance of climate change adaptation through the establishment of a global goal on adaptation of enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change.  

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To achieve this will require additional, predictable and adequate finance, technology and capacity building mitigation and adaptation support, including securing carbon market share of proceeds.  There is also a need for Parties to support clear global adaptation goals with timelines as in the Paris Agreement.

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“Adaptation to climate change presents South Africa with an opportunity to transform the health of the economy and build resilience, thus strengthening the social and spatial fabric, and enables the country to remain globally competitive,” said the Minister. 

It will ensure that food production is not threatened, infrastructure is resilient and enable continued sustainable economic development.  

“This Strategy is an important step forward for South Africa. We now have a common reference point for climate change adaptation efforts in South Africa in the short to medium-term, providing guidance across all levels of government, sectors, and stakeholders affected by climate variability and change,” said the Minister.

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  • Publication date 18 Aug 2020

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