South Africa’s Third National Communication Under The United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change

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Executive Summary: The initial National Communication in accordance with Article 12 of the United Nations Framework Convention on climate Change (UNFCCC) was prepared in 2004, followed by the second communication in 2011. This document constitutes South Africa’s Third National Communication (TNC). The document follows suggested UNFCCC guidelines for developing countries in reporting on national circumstances;… Read more »

Four Key Capacity Challenges to Provide Expanded Services on Climate Information Services: Learning From Seven African Countries

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CSAG was involved in a USAID funded project on Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services in Africa (Sustainable CIS). The aim of the project was to better understand how to design and implement sustainable CIS models within African NMHSs. The Sustainable CIS project assessed the current capacity of NMHSs in seven sub-Saharan countries… Read more »

CSAG WINTER SCHOOL 2018 – Sharing Knowledge, Ideas and Learning Together

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The annual CSAG Winter School marks an exciting time for CSAG staff, affiliates and colleagues. Personally, being involved in developing course content, facilitation, logistics, participating (to some extent) in the week long course and engaging with participants, the whole process was equally exciting, educational and informative. For myself and many others, this year was particularly exciting… Read more »

The “Day Zero” Drought: When and Where?

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9-point summary: The Cape Town water crisis was the consequence of a severe 3-year drought affecting most of the winter-rainfall zone (WRZ) of South Africa and especially the Boland Mountain Catchment (BMC) that supplies water to Cape Town’s supply dams (see Piotr’s detailed analyses on drought severity and drivers) The Western Cape Province has 3… Read more »

Drivers of Cape Town’s water shortage

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Much has been argued about the causes of the 2017 Cape Town’s water crisis. Is it the drought? Is it climate change? Is it population growth? Is it lack of foresight by the national government or the local government? Is it the rich? Is it the poor? Is it farmers? Or industry? Or invasive trees?… Read more »