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Climate Protection Programme in Support of the South African Department of Environmental Affairs – DEA II

As of: September 2021

The project supported South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in implementing the ‘National Climate Change Response White Paper’, which was adopted in 2011. A particular focus at this point was on mainstreaming climate policy regulations into other thematic areas and programmes, developing implementation plans for greenhouse gas reduction and adaptation within key sectors such as agriculture and energy, and building up the national system for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV). In addition, knowledge management and public relations work were promoted. Special emphasis was placed on pilot activities within a national approach to implementing appropriate mitigation actions (NAMA). Furthermore, South Africa was positioned as a climate policy pioneer both on the African continent and within international climate policy in order to advance the larger climate process.
Successor project(s)
Climate Support Programme (CSP) - Phase III

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • Support of the "mitigation system", among others by elaboration of reduction targets for key sectors (Desired Outcomes Emission Reduction (DEROS) and carbon budgets for large enterprises, incl. the accompanying measures (Mix of Measures))
  • Preparation of a pilot measure (flagship) in the waste sector in six South African communities
  • „Let´s Respond Toolkit“ to integrate climate aspects into municipal development planning applied in five pilot municipalities and distributed nationwide
  • Contribution to the elaboration of the 2nd edition of the "Long Term Adaptation Scenarios" (LTAS 2) which contains short and long term adaptation scenarios based on climate risk and development.

Project data

South Africa

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) - South Africa*

Implementing partner(s):
  • Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) - South Africa*
  • Gauteng Provincial Government - South Africa
  • Johannesburg Municipality - South Africa
  • South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI) - South Africa

BMU grant:
9.331.426,38 €

07/2013  till  03/2017

Championing Action Against Climate Change in South Africa (PDF, 664 KB)


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