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Cities and Climate Change: Building Resilience

Climate change is hitting South Africa hard. Summer rainfall areas are becoming drier than ever, and drought is plaguing parts of the country. With the significant drop in dam levels, urban areas are experiencing chronic water shortages. The growing water crisis affects the population, crop yields and livestock. This in turn has an impact on food security, especially of those who are already impoverished and unable to adjust to food inflation. To stimulate thinking on what cities should be doing to address the impact of climate change, the South African Cities Network (SACN) commissioned a study1 that analysed the effectiveness of climate change resilience systems in three cities: Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and Mangaung. This brochure illustrates the impact of climate change on food security, transportation and water provision, and offers some guidance on how cities can respond to climate change. An effective climate change response requires an integration of global, national and local policies.
Author: South African Cities Network
Language: English
Pubished By: South African Cities Network
Pubished date: April 2018

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