The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the National Business Initiative (NBI) are launching the hardcopy launch of the 2nd Edition of the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas (SARVA).
First published in 2012, the SARVA has been updated to reflect an enhanced knowledge of future climate change in South Africa and places greater emphasis on specific themes and case studies. The hard copy SARVA is complemented by an online portal, managed by the South Africa Earth Observation Network (SAEON).
The Global Risks Report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) states the need for coordinated action to mitigate and adapt to climate change, in order to address threats to economic development, development priorities such as social equality and public health and to enable food, water and energy security.
South Africa has not been spared of the impacts of climate change. The Western Cape for example continues to experience one of its worst droughts in decades, while the Free State and Northern Cape have suffered substantial depletion of livestock and crop failure. The Atlas presents findings of current research on the risk and vulnerability of key social and economic sectors to climate change. This information is essential to support informed decision-making for both the public and private sector in South Africa.
Copies of the Atlas will be available at the launch.
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