Tackling Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation in South African Coastal Cities

  • Gina ZiervogelEmail author
  • Susan Parnell
Part of the Environmental Hazards book series (ENHA)


Cities are starting to develop policies and plans to adapt to the impacts of climate change. As these policies and plans are implemented, the barriers and opportunities of adaptation in practice are starting to be realised. It is clear that addressing these barriers is key to achieving more systemic adaptation that is not just focused on projects but on an institutional environment that is supportive of integrating climate knowledge, acting in a timely, flexible, and holistic manner and engaging appropriate regulatory mechanisms. This chapter uses the case studies of the City of Cape Town and eThekwini municipalities along the South African coast to explore what the barriers and opportunities have been in implementing adaptation and how these can be addressed moving forward on an urban city-scale.


Barriers to adaptation South Africa Governance Adaptation implementation Urban 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Cape TownSouth Africa

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