The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Appeared before the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Environmental Planning on June 19

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The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Appeared before the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Environmental Planning on June 19


The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning appeared before the standing committee on agriculture and environmental planning on June 19.

The department briefed the committee on the study conducted by Umvoto Africa on climate change and sea level rise vulnerability and flood risk assessment for disaster-prone areas in the Western Cape.

The importance of the study is to enable provincial and local authorities to create the ability to implement appropriate safeguarding measures, an illustration of the "Better Together" principle. The necessary precautions can only be implemented when adequate information has been assimilated on the impact of global warming.

These precautions have to be considered and built into any response strategy and action plan. A disaster strategy must be developed in order to be proactive and create a climate-resilient province.

The study's tentative predictions are that the sea levels will steadily rise by 2m by 2100, and the possible effect of enhanced storm surges and flood inundation has to be taken into consideration in all medium- and longer-term planning.

The impact that rising sea levels and storm surge events could have on salt water intrusion into fresh water aquifers was one of the aspects that will require careful monitoring in future.

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