South Africa

GDP (PPP) per capita (2015): 12,389.96 Int. Dollar Population (2015): 54,956,920 HDI (2015): 0.67
ND-GAIN Country Index rank 85
Score: 53.3
Trend:
same
Vulnerability 0.390
Readiness 0.455

The low vulnerability score and high readiness score of South Africa places it in the lower-right quadrant of the ND-GAIN Matrix. Adaptation challenges still exist, but South Africa is well positioned to adapt. South Africa is the 78th least vulnerable country and the 91st most ready country.

ND-GAIN Ranking since 1995

Year 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Ranking
67
69
70
71
68
67
68
73
73
75
65
68
73
76
82
84
83
84
82
86
85
Denotes worst scores
Indicator 1996 to 2015 Score
Vulnerability
0.390
Food
0.503
Projected change of cereal yields
0.826
Projected population change
0.487
Food import dependency
0.205
Rural population
0.379
Agriculture capacity
0.808
Child malnutrition
0.313
Water
0.537
Projected change of annual runoff
1.000
Projected change of annual groundwater recharge
0.705
Fresh water withdrawal rate
0.302
Water dependency ratio
0.177
Dam capacity
0.888
Access to reliable drinking water
0.149
Health
0.284
Projected change of deaths from climate change induced diseases
0.364
Projected change in vector-borne diseases
0.113
Dependency on external resource for health services
0.064
Slum population
0.237
Medical staff
0.516
Access to improved sanitation facilities
0.412
Ecosystem Services
0.524
Projected change of biome distribution
0.600
Projected change of marine biodiversity
1.000
Natural capital dependency
0.066
Ecological footprint
0.346
Protected biome
0.610
Engagement in international environmental conventions
0.522
Human Habitat
0.364
Projected change of warm periods
0.211
Projected change of flood hazard
0.339
Urban concentration
0.099
Age dependency ratio
0.248
Quality of trade and transport infrastructure
0.450
Paved roads
0.837
Infrastructure
0.125
Projected change of hydropower generation capacity
0.439
Projected change of sea level rise impacts
0.001
Dependency on imported energy
0
Population living under 5m above sea level
0.007
Electricity access
0.179
Disaster preparedness
-
Methodology

ND-GAIN Country Index

Methodology The ND-GAIN Country Index, a project of the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN), summarizes a country's vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience. It aims to help businesses and the public sector better prioritize investments for a more efficient response to the immediate global challenges ahead.

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