Unleashing South Africa’s Coastal Management Potential

Empowering officials with cutting-edge tools in capacity development workshops

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  • Discover how we are equipping officials in South Africa with advanced tools to protect its coastal zones from climate change impacts
  • Explore the innovative Coastal Management Lines training program that fosters resilient cities and infrastructure along South Africa’s breathtaking coastline
South Africa’s West Coast ⎮ © GIZ / Zane Silinda

The enchanting coastal landscapes of South Africa have long captivated locals and tourists alike. However, with the ever-present threat of climate change, it is crucial to protect these invaluable resources for future generations. Enter the Coastal Management Lines and the groundbreaking training and capacity development initiative taking place across the country.

In collaboration with the South African National Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the International Climate Initiative, Support Project for the Design and Implementation of the New Global Biodiversity Framework (BioFrame), led by GIZ, is revolutionizing the way decision-making government officials approach coastal management.

Harnessing the power of the National Coastal Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CoVu) Tool, officials are being equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively utilize this invaluable resource. By integrating the South African National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy at the sub-national level, these trainings aim to foster the creation of resilient cities and infrastructure along the country’s breathtaking coastline.

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Group photo of the workshop participants in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal ⎮ © GIZ / Zane Silinda

Throughout April and May 2023, a series of engaging and interactive training sessions have been held across various districts, including O.R. Tambo, Alfred Nzo, Ugu, iLembe, King Cetshwayo, and Umkhanyakude. The focus of these sessions revolves around the pivotal Coastal Management Lines (CMLs), which serve as crucial planning tools to mitigate the negative impacts of natural processes on people and property.

Participants dive into the functionality and capabilities of the CoVu Tool, delving into the intricacies of the Open Coast Flood Risk Index, Open Coast Short-term Erosion Risk index, and the combined use of layers in estuary areas. Engrossing discussions emerge, ranging from exploring the disparities between mapped flood lines and Google Earth to accessing the Index GIS data.

By empowering officials with these cutting-edge tools and insights, South Africa is taking a giant leap forward in safeguarding its coastal zones. Together, they are paving the way for a sustainable future, ensuring the preservation of the awe-inspiring beauty and resilience of South Africa’s coastal regions for generations to come.

Coastal Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Training Workshop in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal
Photo: © GIZ / Zane Silinda

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Zane Silinda, Mitigation, Monitoring & Evaluation and Policy Governance Advisor, zane.silinda@giz.de

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