The Heat is on: local government and climate governance in South Africa
Du Plessis, Anél
Kotzé, Louis J
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Departing from the fact that climate change poses localized effects, this article crit- ically considers from a legal perspective the role of local authorities in the South African government’s response to climate change. A brief review of the relevance of climate mitigation and adaptation is followed by an explanation of what these concepts mean for local government. The article then discusses the extent to which the country’s environmental and local government law and policy framework provides for municipalities’ participation and involvement in climate governance. The article identifies strengths and weaknesses in relation to the local sphere of gov- ernment’s formal involvement in climate governance vis-à-vis authorities in the pro- vincial and national spheres. It concludes that, as a result of their proximity to the effects of climate change, municipalities have a critically important role to play in the climate governance effort, despite the patchwork of environmental and local government laws and lack of explicit, consolidated policy and legal arrangements to this effect.
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