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Climate Support Programme (CSP) - Phase III

As of: October 2021

South Africa is one of the 20 countries in the world that emit the greatest volumes of CO2. The country is also severely affected by the consequences of climate change, especially in the water and agriculture sectors. The project supports the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, Forestry & Fisheries (DEFF) in the development and implementation of its national climate policy in the fields of governance, mitigation, adaptation policy and MRV (Measuring, Reporting and Verification). The DEFF is also strengthened in its role of encouraging other ministries and the private sector to implement climate-relevant projects. This support helps the DEFF to implement its climate policy more quickly, more effectively and in a knowledge-based manner. In this way, the project supports the transformation to a lower-carbon economy and a climate-resiliant society. The successful further development and implementation of its national climate policy is a prerequisite for South Africa if the country is to continue to play a prominent and constructive role in international climate negotiations.
Predecessor project(s)
Climate Protection Programme in Support of the South African Department of Environmental Affairs – DEA II Developing Climate Policy Capacity within the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT)

State of implementation/results

  • The reporting regulations for greenhouse gas emissions are being revised, especially to enable reporting from company level to facility level.
  • Project to analyze the climate awareness of the South African population and the education sector successfully completed.
  • Project to develop Sector Jobs Resilience Plans (SJRP) to mitigate the negative effects of climate change on the labour market has been completed and the plans are in draft form.
  • The Organic Waste Management Guide (AWT guide) is online as a web-based guideline and will help municipalities to select waste management options to minimize adverse environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The CSP has helped the City of Johannesburg to develop a strategy for the renewal of its bus fleet. The aim was to reduce operating costs and save GHG and other emissions in the future.
  • The process of commenting on the adaptation strategy was completed with the support of CSPIII and the adaptation strategy was approved by the Cabinet.
  • In the tourism sector, climate risk and vulnerability analyses were conducted and a plan for mitigating vulnerabilities was developed.
  • Support to the National Planning Committee (NPC) in the consultation of their just-transition process in three provinces.
  • Support of a training of 60 bankers from the private sector on climate risk analysis.
  • Start of training of 100 agricultural experts on Climate Smart Agriculture in three provinces.
  • Implementation of trainings within the framework of the Local Government Climate Change Support Programme (LGSP) at municipal level in 65 municipalities from 17 districts (mitigation and adaptation as well as climate financing). The fourth phase has been completed and a fifth phase is planned.
  • Preparation of the 4th Biennial Update Report (BUR).
  • Development of the final draft of the post-2020 mitigation architecture.
  • Stakeholder consultations on the draft South African Climate Change Bill.
  • Support in the preparation of the Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS).

Project data

South Africa

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

Political partner(s):
  • Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) - South Africa

Implementing partner(s):
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) - South Africa
  • Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) - South Africa*
  • South African National Biodiversity Institute
  • University of Cape Town - South Africa

BMU grant:
18.000.000,00 €

02/2017  till  12/2021


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