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Adaptation to climate change– what may it mean for the water resources sector?
Expanded Title:Water managers and water users are used to dealing with change (e.g. political change, changing economic conditions and a changing climate, land use and other challenges). Anthropogenic climate change, both in its variability from year to year and in terms of change over the longer term, is now an ‘additional factor’ that they have to contend with. In this short booklet, we illustrate some of the thinking and research that has been undertaken both internationally and locally to enable us to better live with climate risks in the water resources sector in South Africa. This booklet is intended for a range of readers, but with a primary focus on those who broker innovation in the water resources sector (see Figure 1.1 for a more detailed exposition). Our intention in this booklet is not to provide ‘answers’ to the wide range of issues confronting the water sector, including dealing with the challenges of climate change. In part this is because generic answers are increasingly inappropriate, as context (be this national, local or even personal), as Van Zyl note above, becomes increasingly central to how we address issues of water governance. Rather, we wish to stimulate personal reflection and learning as well as wider debate in the sector, by offering thinking and approaches that may add value. Before exploring the various dimensions of climate change and the water resources sector, a brief overview of key terms and concepts is provided (Table 1.1). Climate change: refers to “a change in the state of the climate that can be identified by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer” (IPCC, 2014, 1760)5.
Date Published:01/05/2015
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Planning and development
Document Keywords:Policy and regulation, Water Quality
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 630/15
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0675-9
Authors:Vogel C; Colvin J; SCHARFETTER B
Project No:K5/1965
Organizations:University of Pretoria; Cinnabar (South Africa) ; The Open University, United Kingdom
Document Size:3 014 KB
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