Climate deal intensifies SA, Australia's efforts

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Pretoria - South Africa and Australia have signed an agreement that will frame future bilateral cooperation on climate change issues.

The letter of intent was signed on Friday by Australian Trade Minister Simon Crean and Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica.

The two nations have been cooperating on climate change matters under a Climate Change Partnership since 2006.

The department said the signing of the letter formalises continued cooperation under this partnership.

Both countries agreed to identify as well develop and implement a further program of joint activities such as addressing climate change and biodiversity; greenhouse gas emissions reporting and monitoring at national and entity levels.