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Draft Climate Change Bill, 2018

8 June 2018

The Draft Climate Change Bill was originally published for comment on 8 June 2018. It’s stated objectives are the following:

  • provide for the coordinated and integrated response to climate change and its impacts by all spheres of government in accordance with the principles of cooperative governance;
  • provide for the effective management of inevitable climate change impacts through enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to building social, economic, and environmental resilience and an adequate national adaptation response in the context of the global climate change response;
  • make a fair contribution to the global effort to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that avoids dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system within a timeframe and in a manner that enables economic, employment, social and environmental development to proceed in a sustainable manner.

After amendments to the draft Climate Change Bill made during the Parliamentary process, the latest version of the Climate Change Bill is [B9B-2022].