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More needs to be done to protect communities from the impact of climate change

Extreme weather events and their impact on communities were discussed in an online briefing organized by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, as well as the communication and information system of the government on Tuesday.

The remains of houses damaged during the floods in KwaZulu-Natal in April 2022. Photo: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Local Government Association (Salga) warns that not enough is being done to protect communities from the impact of climate change.

Extreme weather events and how they affect communities were discussed during an online briefing hosted by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, as well as the Government Communication and Information System on Tuesday .

Following devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal, the North West and the Eastern Cape, officials have outlined plans launched by the government to curb climate change.

Salga’s Slindile Maphumulo said municipalities were unprepared to deal with climate-related threats: “Especially if you look at the situation that is happening now in KZN and especially in Durban which is a huge metro.”

Maphumulo pointed out that the local government has the capacity to introduce measures that will mitigate the impact of climate change.

Salga also has working groups to support municipalities in their mitigation and adaptation efforts.



More needs to be done to protect communities from the impact of climate change

Source link More needs to be done to protect communities from the impact of climate change

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