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The DA in the Western Cape is pleased to note that the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning climate change response plans, have been allocated R22.8 million over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period.

By investing in improved climate resilience, the Western Cape economy could be 33% better-off in 2040 than if the province does not adapt to the impacts of climate change. Failure to invest adequately in adapting to climate change could result in the Western Cape’s GDP contracting by more than 17% by 2040.

I will invite the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell to the Standing Committee, to inform the Committee about the cost-effective climate change responses that are being implemented across Western Cape Government departments. Furthermore, to inform us how the messaging around the reduction of climate change risks is a province-wide and multi-sectoral responsibility.

Proactive planning and adaptive measures, rather than reactive measures that are needed.

The Western Cape is prone to the effects of climate-related hazards. Between 2003 and 2008 alone, direct damage costs associated with climate related extreme events in the Western Cape amounted to approximately R3.161 billion.

Our built environment has increasingly been exposed to the impacts of climate change. This is worsened by the fact historical land use planning did not take account of changing climates and weather patterns.

Furthermore, increased intensity of precipitation events already overwhelm stormwater and sewerage networks, and higher peak flows during storm events will threaten flood defences and drainage-systems, causing flooding in both urban and rural areas.

The DA in the WC remains committed promoting a resilient, sustainable, quality and inclusive living environment in support of human well-being.

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