9.1 Monitoring, verifying and Reporting Climate Changes

 

In order to, among others, maintain and improve South Africa’s early warning systems, inform appropriate adaptation responses and monitor the impacts of climate change and the success, or otherwise, of international mitigation efforts, South Africa will –

  1. Ensure that research and observation bodies initiate and/or maintain nation-wide climate change monitoring systems, especially in respect of, among others, soil and ambient air temperature, soil moisture and air humidity, extreme weather events, floods and droughts, rainfall and sea-level.

  2. Ensure that appropriate research and observation bodies initiate and/or maintain nation-wide climate change impact monitoring systems, especially in respect of, among others, disease zone changes, vegetation changes, river and stream-flow changes, alien plant invasions and crop failures due to abnormal weather conditions.

  3. Compile and publish an annual summary climate change impact update from 2012 onwards.

  4. Implement and comply with the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system for developing countries that is finally negotiated internationally.