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Capacity Building for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Rural CommunitiesTsengiwe, Eastern Cape
Expanded Title:In South Africa the most common natural hazards are floods, storms, wild fires and drought. The Southern African region is regarded as one of the most vulnerable regions in Africa to climate change and variability, in part, due to its low adaptive capacity and inherent vulnerability. If the changes in climate observed over the last century persist, the potential impacts on water resources are likely to become more diverse and severe. The extent and state of water infrastructure in South Africa varies widely across the country. Vast rural areas are still without access to an adequate, safe water supply or proper sanitation and there is an urgent need for service delivery to address this backlog. The existing infrastructure in municipalities is under strain and can often not cope with the increasing demand. To sufficiently manage this vital resource, it is imperative to formulate a participatory approach, good governance and communication between all stakeholders. The purpose of the study was to gain an in-depth understanding of the rural challenges in adapting to climate change, to understand the role of community based organisations (CBOs) and community-level coping strategies, and how to cohere and optimise these with local and district municipal resources and initiatives and sustainable water services. This study engaed with the rural Eastern Cape community of Tsengiwe in planning for climate change adaptation (CCA) at a local level. The study highlighted that DRR provides a useful and practical lens through which to view challenges that can affect water and sanitation services. According to this framework, potential threats to successful and sustainable service delivery are used as starting points for positive change or to initiate plans to mitigate the risks they pose. Tsengiwe was seen as a suitable case study for a follow up study because the team was able to draw on established connections. A previous study gained an understanding of the institutional hazards and contextual issues faced by Tsengiwe. This information placed the study in a position to facilitate Participatory Rural Appraisal (PAR) processes to assess community perception of risk and deepen the community‟s understanding of DRR through catalysing community-led processes for CCA.
Date Published:01/10/2014
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Ecosystem - Climate Change
Document Keywords:Education, Water Quality
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:JPG
Research Report Type:Standard
WRC Report No:2126/1/14
Authors:Hay R; Hay P
Project No:K5/2126
Organizations:Umvoto Africa
Document Size:8 KB
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