Effective responses to climate change require that climate change considerations be included in relevant social, economic and environmental policies at all levels of government. Municipal governments have a particularly critical role to play in establishing on‑the‑ground policies that address local opportunities and vulnerabilities arising from climate change. Two South African cities, Cape Town and eThekwini, have done just that, by including climate change interventions into their integrated development plans (IDPs). This brief highlights the importance of local capacity building, research, political support and decision-making in the pursuit of climate‑compatible development.
Parramon-Gurney, M.; Gilder, A. South Africa&#8217;s Municipal Integrated Development Plans. Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), (2012) 6 pp. [Inside Stories on climate compatible development]