Work­shop on Na­tional Cli­mate Change Bill

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Kwazulu-natal News Eastern Cape News - LONDEKA DLAMINI prov­inces@afro­tone.co.za

THE Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs yes­ter­day hosted the provin­cial stake­holder en­gage­ment work­shop on the Na­tional Cli­mate Change Bill in Port El­iz­a­beth.

The bill was pub­lished for pub­lic com­ment in Gov­ern­ment Gazette 41689 (No­tice No 636) by Min­is­ter Edna Molewa with the pur­pose of build­ing “an ef­fec­tive cli­mate change re­sponse” and en­sur­ing a struc­tured tran­si­tion to a cli­mate re­silient and lower car­bon econ­omy and so­ci­ety.

“This will be done within the con­text of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment for South Africa and will pro­vide for all mat­ters re­lated to cli­mate change.” the depart­ment said.

“The bill ad­dresses an is­sues­re­lated in­sti­tu­tional and co­or­di­na­tion ar­range­ment across the three spheres of gov­ern­ment namely na­tional, provin­cial and lo­cal.

“It fur­ther high­lights the need for these spheres and en­ti­ties, sec­tors as well as busi­ness to re­spond to chal­lenges of cli­mate change.

“The bill fur­ther ad­dresses the mat­ters re­lat­ing to the na­tional adap­ta­tion to im­pacts of cli­mate change, green­house gas emis­sions and re­movals, and pol­icy align­ment and in­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ments.”

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