Country profile | 06/2018

Country Report: South Africa

This report presents the findings from a literature review and interviews with a wide variety of stakeholders conducted by Conservation South Africa at the ‘Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation: strengthening the evidence and informing policy’ project site in the Succulent Karoo, South Africa, where activities focused on the rehabilitation of critical rangeland and wetland ecosystems.

report | 06/2018

Status Quo Report – Johannesburg & Tshwane

This status quo report carries out an analysis of the situation in Johannesburg and Tshwane in South Africa to ensure the successful preparation and implementation of the GAMMA-methodology (Gender Assessment & Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation), which examines local adaptation and mitigation policies for their gender responsiveness. Furthermore, it supports the partners’ peer learning and an exchange of knowledge within all the pilot cities involved in the project.

Study | 02/2018

Challenges and Opportunities for Urban Climate Finance – Lessons Learned from eThekwini, Santiago de Chile and Chennai

This study includes a comprehensive assessment of the situation of urban climate finance in the three partner countries South Africa, Chile and India with a specific focus on CFCC’s partner cities eThekwini, Santiago de Chile and Chennai. This includes recommendations for improving municipal/city access to funding instruments for climate change related work and for better integrating climate change into planning mechanisms.

report | 12/2017

Chewing over consumption-based carbon emissions accounting

Conventional thinking about mitigating climate change is based on strategies to lower carbon emissions arising from production. By exploring the role that increasing consumption plays in driving carbon emissions, consumption-based carbon emissions accounting might provide us with new insights into challenges to and opportunities for driving the shift to a low-carbon economy. Sustainable consumption together with sustainable production patterns are integral to the 2030 global agenda for sustainable development, specifically to Sustainable Development Goal 12. Many countries are already undertaking research into consumption-based carbon emissions, the approach might be particularly useful at a local government level and for businesses, especially along their product supply chain.

report | 12/2017

Low Carbon Development Frameworks - Transition Realism. The implications of rent-seeking to achieve South Africa’s low-carbon technology ambition

This theoretical paper is designed to support policy makers working on pathways and low emissions development strategies, as well as fostering the academic debate . It provides an additional lens and theoretical framework to existing theories of sustainability transitions that seek to understand how low-carbon transitions can happen in an institutional setting of path dependence. A political economy understanding of transitions is more relevant in the context of developing and emerging economy countries that want to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and adopt clean-energy technology solutions.

brochure | 12/2017

Cut-and-Paste Legal Regulations for Company Carbon Budgets

This paper contains two illustrative regulations that WWF suggests as a cut-and-paste solution into a legal framework to implement and manage company carbon budgets in South Africa. These illustrative regulations are drafted in a way that they can either be promulgated under the existing National Environment Management Act, or a new standalone climate change law.

briefing | 12/2017

Enabling subnational climate action through multi-level governance

The GIZ VICLIM project, ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) and UN Habitat present joint working paper on lessons learnt and good examples of climate policies that unlock the potential of cities, regions and other subnational actors. These include the experiences of five countries - Colombia, Germany, South Africa, Mexico and Myanmar- in the implementation of instruments, such as federal initiatives for local action, MRV systems, financial mechanisms, and institutional arrangements with a climate governance focus. 

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