2 The South African Climate Change Response Objective


South Africa, taking into account equity and the common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities of all nations as well as the inter-generational commitment of the Environmental Right contained in Section 24 the country’s Constitution, has the climate change response objective of –

  • making a fair contribution to the global effort to achieve the stabilisation of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that prevents dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system; and

  • effectively adapt to and manage unavoidable and potential damaging climate change impacts through interventions that build and sustain South Africa’s social, economic and environmental resilience and emergency response capacity. 


Climate Information and Planning

Further supporting the second bullet point will be to mainstream climate change adaptation into economic planning, policies and programmes.

Although there is always uncertainty surrounding future climate however, routinely uncertainty associated with relatively high impact socio-economic drivers of change are taken into consideration when planning in the economic sector for example. Thus climate uncertainty can be treated as an additional factor impacting on many sectors and aspects of life. Hence efficient and optimal investments and decisions can be achieved through,
~ Integrated approaches to adaptation embedded in national sustainable development plans and budgeting process,
~ Improved efficiency through integrating climate knowledge (monitoring and seasonal forecast products) into resource allocation decisions or repairing infrastruc¬ture.


Education should be a bulleted-point in Section 2, because without education you are not creating a total solution for years to come, but only looking for solutions that impact the immediate future. You could add jobs in there too :-)