Air Quality & Climate Change

PROVINCIAL CLIMATE CHANGE RESPONSE STRATEGY

Internationally, South Africa is a signatory to the 1994 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its associated Kyoto protocol (1997). The most important national policy is the National Climate Change Response Green Paper 2010. The Green Paper is the key policy document framing the South African response to the challenges of climate change. Initial Activities to be undertaken to develop the Climate Change Strategy:

  • Greenhouse gas inventory
  • Provincial Climate change Vulnerability and Status Quo
  • Establishment of FS climate change committee, involving sectoral dept’s

Provinces as implementers of the agreements, will be able to understand the status of the provinces’ vulnerability in relation to climate change and come up with both the mitigation and adaptation plans in response to climate change issues.

PROVINCIAL AIR QUALITY FORUMS

Local and District Municipalities air quality officials with the province addresses and resolve air quality issues during these quarterly gatherings. These are formed in accordance to the National Air Quality Framework , Chapter 2 NEMAQA, which is also  in line with Section 7,8,9 of NEMA (107/1998). The impact of the project should achieve improved air quality in the province and implementation of systems and tools to ensure that ambient air standards are not being exceeded.

BASIC AIR QUALITY TRAINING FOR OFFICIALS

Air Quality Officials from Provincial Dept., Local and District Municipalities to be trained in July at the NC, Kimberley by DEA. Chapter 3, section 13 of NEMAQA, require that each municipality must submit annual report based on air quality management plan for that municipality.

CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS

5 awareness campaigns to be rolled out in the 5 district together in partnership with the dept’s special programmes sub-directorate targeting women and youth. Address Resolution taken at the provincial pre-COP 17  Climate Change summit. The impact of the project should achieve the goal that communities better understand their role in combating climate change effects , as the MDG can also be addressed when issues of climate change are taken into consideration.