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South Africa’s municipal integrated development plans

Municipal governments have a particularly critical role to play in creating policies that address local opportunities and vulnerabilities arising from climate change. The municipalities of Cape Town and eThekwini in South Africa have taken steps to mainstream climate change within their municipals by including climate change interventions into their integrated development plans (IDPs). The two cities were previously involved in climate change initiatives, which facilitated the inclusion of climate change measures in strategic planning instruments. This ‘Inside stories on climate compatible development’ by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) argues that mainstreaming climate change into IDPs is necessary but not sufficient to achieve climate compatible development. Sectoral measures in collaboration with central government, civil society and the private sector are also vital.