Monthly Archives: November 2010

South Africa releases Draft Second National Communication and Draft National Climate Change Response Strategy for comments

South Africa’s Department for Environmental Affairs has released the draft Second National Communication for comment.  The document, which reports on the current status of projected climate change in South Africa, together with a status update on mitigation and adaptation measures and plans for the future (and the challenges to addressing them) forms part of the country’s commitments as a signatory to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull collaborated with Dr Emma Archer and Ms Claire Davis at the CSIR to produce section 5.4, on public awareness, training and capacity building.  Concurrent with the Second National Communication, the Department for Environmental Affairs has also released the Draft National Climate Change Response Strategy.  Both documents can be downloaded from the Department for Environmental Affairs, and comments can be submitted until 11th February 2011.

Fourth run of the Wits Introduction to Vulnerability Risk Assessment completed

Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have just completed the fourth rollout of the University of the Witwatersrand’s short professional training course on Introduction to Vulnerability Risk Assessment in Johannesburg.  The National Qualifications Foundation (NQF) Level 5-rated course was attended by over 20 vulnerability assessment professionals from various national and local government departments in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana, and Tanzania.  Dr Alec Joubert made a guest presentation on the interpretation of seasonal forecasts and their use in disaster risk reduction.  Course evaluations praised the interactive nature of the course, and the quality of training material and presentations.  The course is next due to run on 11-15th April 2011, and more information is available on the Wits Enterprise website.