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National Climate Change Response - White Paper

Project Title | National Climate Change Response - Project Management of Consultation and drafting of White Paper
Client | Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Climate Change Directorate and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Dates | November 2010 to May 2011 
Dates | September 2010 to July 2011
The Project | Linkd was contracted to manage the public consultation process on the Green Paper on the National Climate Change Response and the drafting of the White Paper. The White Paper was approved by cabinet, in October 2011 and is the cornerstone of the national approach to mitigating and adapting to climate change. The National Response is a cross-cutting policy affects all government departments and informs the country’s negotiating positions at the UNFCCC.
In partnership with our clients, Linkd developed and implemented an effective public consultation process that included an interactive web-site. We coordinated workshops in all nine provinces and established a database of all submissions on the Green Paper. Our responsibilities included oversight of event management and the production of media and branding.
In parallel with the public consultation process, Linkd managed a research programme involving the DBSA, Energy Research Centre, SANBI and the University of Pretoria that informed the drafting of the White Paper. We also facilitated a series of thematic workshops and bilateral engagements with key stakeholders to the same end.
Linkd ran a 3-day ‘bosberaad’ with the key technical specialists within DEA and other government departments to finalise the policy questions for the White Paper, and prepared the first draft and managed the process of finalising the White Paper.
To inform the drafting of the white paper, the Department of Environmental Affairs commissioned research in five thematic areas, for which Linkd drafted the Terms of Reference and managed the research process. The draft outputs from this research are provided in the link below. The research was independently produced, and the research papers should not be interpreted as reflecting the position of the Department.
The final version of the White Paper approved by cabinet is available for download: White Paper .