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SA's first-of-a-kind online tool for municipalities to respond to climate change to be unveiled

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Media advisory

As temperatures continue to rise and climate conditions generally become drier, necessary measures have to be taken to mitigate the risks and impacts of climate change across South African municipalities.

Contact Person

David Mandaha

+12 841 3654/ 072 126 8910

dmandaha@csir.co.za

Media advisory

As temperatures continue to rise and climate conditions generally become drier, necessary measures have to be taken to mitigate the risks and impacts of climate change across South African municipalities.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will unveil a novel online climate risk profiling and adaptation tool to assist municipalities to assess climate risks and growth pressures by implementing adaptation actions towards the development of climate resilient settlements. The depths and scale of information provided in the tool, is unprecedented in South Africa.

The launch will take place at the CSIR, in Pretoria on Friday, 8 March 2019.

The free online tool is intended to be an applied knowledge resource for municipalities to address climate change impacts and vulnerabilities in settlements. The objective is to assist decision-makers in the local government sphere to better understand the consequences of climate change.

It looks forward to the year 2050 by projecting settlement growth combined with quantitative, scientific evidence of the likely impacts that climate change will have on South African towns and cities.

This platform was funded by the International Development Research Centre in Canada and the CSIR, in partnership with the National Disaster Management Centre.

Media is invited as follows:
Date: Friday, 8 March 2019
Time: 09:00 - 13:00
Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons

NB: Please bring your ID or driver's licence.

To RSVP contact: Ms Kgauhelo Dioka on 073 398 8633 or email: kdioka@csir.co.za

Enquiries:
David Mandaha: CSIR Media Relations Manager
Tel: 072 126 8910/012 841 3654
Email:dmandaha@csir.co.za