The GreenBook supports government in South Africa with adapting settlements to the impacts of climate change by providing an online repository of downscaled, baseline and future, municipal climate risk data and insights as well as adaptation information to be integrated into broader settlement planning.


Download information to assist with risk & vulnerability mapping and analysis. Information provided includes population distribution, informality hotspots, socio-economic vulnerability, water security and more.

Story maps


A series of interactive web apps highlights national trends and projected changes for coastal flooding, floods, wildfires, drought, settlement vulnerability, urban growth, climate change, economic outlook, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, surface water and groundwater. Users can browse information and maps to learn more about key national findings and recommendations, as well as to access technical research reports.
Municipal risk profiles


An interactive tool that grounds the adaptation process in scientific evidence of the climate risks each local municipality in South Africa is likely to face under a changing climate by 2050. The Municipal Risk Profile Tool provides temporally dynamic risk profiles, including information on vulnerabilities, population projections, exposure to climate hazards, and the impacts of climate change on some key municipal resources for each municipality and its settlements.
adaptation actions


The Adaptation Actions Tool supports adaptation planning and decision-making within local government. The Tool provides a range of settlement planning and design actions that can be undertaken by local government to adapt to the impacts of climate change, reduce exposure to hazards, build long-term resilience, and exploit opportunities for sustainable development.
adaptation actions


Discover high-resolution, baseline and future (2050) risk profiles for select metropolitan cities including spatialised and quantified climate hazard, exposure, vulnerability, and demographic insights. Explore climate actions to reduce exposure and build long-term resilience.
adaptation actions


GreenBook Training aims to build enduring capacity in all spheres of government (and beyond) to understand local climate risks, the need to adapt settlements to these risks, and how to mainstream the GreenBook data, insights, and information into local plans, instruments and processes. Various training modules will soon be available online to complete in your own time.
adaptation actions


GreenBook Support promotes the agenda of climate adaptation planning in local government by raising awareness of climate risks and facilitating the mainstreaming of the GreenBook as a support system and information source. Support is offered by providing training, technical assistance, as well as data and maps to all spheres of government in collaboration with our partners. This page is still under construction.


Climate change and its related impacts are mostly felt at a settlement level, requiring local government to respond through adaptation. Climate change adaptation can be facilitated through municipal planning functions - such as infrastructure and services provision, infrastructure maintenance, spatial planning, land -use management and integrated development planning.

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