Draft National Climate Change Bill open for comment

26 June 2018

South Africa's National Climate Change Bill has been gazetted and is open for public comment. The national Department of Environmental Affairs is undertaking various public engagements.

"Section 24 of the Constitution of South Africa states that everyone has a right to an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being, and that all have the right to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generation, while allowing justifiable environmentally sustainable economic and social development," reads the statement issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

The draft bill provides for institutional and coordination arrangements across all three spheres of government and addresses requirements for climate change adaptation and mitigation. 

The objects of the proposed Act are to:

  • Provide for the  coordinated and integrated response to climate change and its impacts by all spheres of government in accordance with the principles of cooperative governance;
  • Provide for the effective management of inevitable climate change impacts through enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to building social, economic, and environmental resilience and an adequate national adaptation response in the context of the global climate change response;  and to
  • Make a fair contribution to the global effort to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that avoids dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system within a timeframe and in a manner that enables economic, employment, social and environmental development to proceed in a sustainable manner.

Members of the public are invited to submit to Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa by 08 August 2018. All the details on public engagements and submitting comments are available on the Department of Environmental Affairs website which can be accessed here

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