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Title:The heat is on: local government and climate governance in South Africa
Authors:Du Plessis, AnélISNI
Kotzé, Louis J.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Law (ISSN 0021-8553)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:climate change
environmental law
local government
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021855314000047
Abstract:Departing from the fact that climate change poses localized effects, this article critically 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 government's formal involvement in climate governance vis-ŕ-vis authorities in the provincial 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. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]