Andrew and Olivia are co-editors and co-authors of South Africa’s first treatise on Climate Change Law and Governance. The book provides a comprehensive analysis of climate change in South Africa, the relevant laws and policies and their intersection with international governance structures. It can be accessed from Juta, and is available as an updateable loose-leaf format and online.
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This book is a significant reference that provides the framework for the governance of such collaborative action. It is accessible and comprehensive, and I predict it will lead to better shared understanding on climate governance matters.
The chapter authors include academics and lawyers in private practice who are experts in their fields. Set against the backdrop of climate science and the international negotiations, insights into Africa’s and South Africa’s unique circumstances in dealing with climate change are offered. In addition, legal responses to an extensive range of sectoral impacts in South Africa are investigated and commented upon. The editors and authors are to be congratulated on this groundbreaking work.
South Africa not only is the biggest emitter of the African continent, but in addition the country will also be hit hard by negative climate change impacts. This brilliant book covers South African climate change law and governance from all possible angles. It focuses on mitigation and adaptation in all relevant sectors, from energy to agriculture, and deals with important instruments such as carbon pricing and insurance.
The book is a must read for all those trying to ‘untangle’ the complex web of laws, discourses , paradigms and debates about climate change at various scales – locally, nationally and internationally.