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Title: Rhetoric or action: Are South African municipalities planning for climate change?
Authors: Faling, W
Tempelhoff, JWN
Van Niekerk, D
Keywords: South African municipalities
Khara Hais Municipality
Climate change
South African National Disaster Management Centre
Disaster management
Droughts
Khara Hais Municipality
Issue Date: Jun-2012
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Faling, W, Tempelhoff, JWN and Van Niekerk, D. 2012. Rhetoric or action: Are South African municipalities planning for climate change? Development Southern Africa, vol. 29(2), pp 241-257
Series/Report no.: Workflow;9435
Abstract: In 2008 the South African National Disaster Management Centre commissioned a study into measures taken by local municipalities to plan for climate change. Two areas were selected for their dissimilar climatic challenges: the //Khara Hais Municipality, a semi-desert area in the Northern Cape Province plagued by droughts and severe weather events, and the George Municipality, an area in the Western Cape Province plagued by droughts, the rising sea level and flash floods. It was found that despite South African laws and regulations requiring local government to take action to reduce the risk of disasters, planning for climate change is still no more than sophisticated rhetoric in the two municipalities. This lack of urgency can be ascribed to local municipalities having other more pressing developmental priorities. It would, however, be short-sighted of municipalities not to plan for climate change, as major setbacks in hard-won economic and social development follow a disaster.
Description: Copyright: 2012 Routledge. This is an ABSTRACT ONLY
URI: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0376835X.2012.675695
http://hdl.handle.net/10204/6062
ISSN: 0376-835X
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