Progress has been made on both local and national fronts. At the local level, Green Choice's Land Management Guidelines were presented to the NDM council along with a climate adaptation toolkit. CSA attended the Disaster Management Forum meeting, which confirmed that climate change concerns and EbA are now integral parts of the disaster risk reduction strategy locally. The vulnerability assessment was launched at a high level partners conference in Springbok.
CSA is working very closely with the District and local municipalities to integrate climate response into a variety of planning processes, including Integrated Development Plans, Disaster Management Plans, Local Economic Development and so on. This is being achieved using the Let's Respond Toolkit: Integrating Climate Change Risks and Opportunities into Municipal Planning during a series of local workshops. Conservation South Africa, South African Local Government Association (SALGA), and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) have begun a collaboration around the implementation of the Let's Respond Toolkit, which provides a set of corresponding support tools which will assist municipal staff through the process. A first workshop was held with the Namakwa District in April 2013 as part of their 2013-2014 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) review process. Following this introductory workshop, which resulted in the development of a District climate responsive housing project in Calvinia, it was decided to host a series of workshops introducing the toolkit to each of the local municipalities. The first in this series of workshops was held in Calvinia with the Hantam and Karoo Hoogland local municipalities but a total of 6 local and one District municipalities are expected to have the same training in the next few months.
At the national level, CSA continued to raise awareness by giving a presentation on EbA, its principles, approaches and policy linkages at a workshop organized by the National Department of Environmental Affairs. Input is also being provided to water pricing strategy, ensuring a portion of the cost goes back into catchment restoration linked to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. CSA is also contributing directly as a member of the Long-Term Adaptation Scenarios Program led by SANBI. This program will conduct climate and impact modeling across South Africa to assess development scenarios and develop adaptation responses.