Atlas to help South Africans respond to climate change

March 15th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The second edition of an atlas showing South Africa’s vulnerability to climate change has been launched in Johannesburg, to help the country’s economic and social sectors take informed decisions to avoid risks related to climate change.

May Hermanus form the CSIR introduces the second edition of the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas.

May Hermanus form the CSIR introduces the second edition of the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas.

Developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas (SARVA) disseminates spatial and non-spatial data that describes, assesses and evaluates the risks and vulnerabilities facing the country due to climate change.

Designed to ensure that existing knowledge on global change risks and vulnerabilities is available to those who could benefit from its use, the hard copy atlas is supported by an online portal, SARVA 3.0, which is an online spatial database that directly supports users and allows free access to useful information on the impact of climate change to industries and society.

The atlas is a science policy initiative of the DST’s Global Change, and is a repository of the most up to date information to support decision-making at local and national levels in South Africa. It aims to help planners and decision-makers to move from reactive crisis management approaches to proactive climate change and disaster risk management approaches. The National Business Initiative (NBI) is also supporting the atlas to ensure the business sector is able to take appropriate steps in this regard.

A digital copy of the published atlas is available at

Contact Veronica Mohapeloa, DST, Tel 012 843-6788,

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