The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is set to launch a new online tool that will help municipalities to respond to climate change.

As temperatures continue to rise and climate conditions become drier, South African municipalities need to take urgent measures to mitigate the risks and impacts of climate change across the country which is where the CSIR’s first-of-its-kind tool comes in.

The novel online climate risk profiling and adaptation tool was funded by the International Development Research Centre in Canada and the CSIR, in partnership with the National Disaster Management Centre and will assist municipalities to assess climate risks and growth pressures by implementing adaptation actions towards the development of climate resilient settlements.

The tool, which is free, aims to hep decision-makers in the local government sphere to better understand the consequences of climate change.

“It looks forward to the year 2050 by projecting settlement growth combined with quantitative, scientific evidence of the likely impacts that climate change will have on South African towns and cities,” explains David Mandaha, CSIR Media Relations Manager.

The launch will take place at the CSIR, in Pretoria on Friday, 8 March 2019.

  • Date: Friday, 8 March 2019
  • Time: 09:00 – 13:00
  • Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons

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