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Planning for adaptation: Applying scientific climate change projections to local social realities
Expanded Title:Even if greenhouse emissions are radically decreased, poor people in the developing world will still feel the impacts of climate change on their lives and livelihoods. While this may be manifested in drought and floods, rising temperatures and shifting weather patterns will also affect the availability and quality of basic water supply. World-class hydrological studies have been conducted that model the various impacts of climate change on South Africa’s catchments (Schulze 2012). These studies are used to inform national, and possibly catchment level, planning, yet poor communities have largely been absent from information and planning processes. While macro-plans are no doubt important, community level action planning is essential in order to develop relevant and implementable solutions. It aims to enable communities to cope with the impacts of climate change by becoming more resilient. In this context, the innovation of WRC project 2152 is that it bridged the gap between science and society to support community based adaptation. Hydrologists and climate modellers worked with NGO practitioners to develop, downscale and “translate” scientific projections, based on livelihood and vulnerability information created jointly with pilot communities. NGOs ran community workshops that were specifically tailored around building awareness of climate change and the need for community based adaptation; exchanging knowledge with communities, including presenting the downscaled climate model projections for their areas; and supporting communities to develop local action plans.
Date Published:01/11/2015
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Water Governance
Document Keywords:Climate, Environment, Policy and regulation
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Standard
WRC Report No:2152/1/15
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0706-0
Authors:Galvin M; Wilson J; Stuart-Hill S; Pereira T; Warburton M; Khumalo D; Robinson G; Chibvongodze D; Lewis M
Project No:K5/2152
Organizations:University of Johannesburg; University of KwaZulu-Natal; Rhodes University; Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG); Umphilo waManzi
Document Size:654 KB
Attachments:ABCD for Workshops.docx
Agenda Prototype.docx
Dargle Thresholds Summary.xlsx
Deliverable 2 - Materials Development.doc
Deliverable 2 - Workshop Materials.doc
Deliverable 3.docx
Deliverable 4.docx
Goedverwacht Workshop 2.docx
Goedverwacht Workshops 1 - 3.docx
Herbertsdale Brief Profile.docx
Herbertsdale Model Implications.pptx
Herbertsdale Workshop 1.docx
Herbertsdale Workshop 2.docx
KwaNgcolosi Workshop 1.docx
KwaNgcolosi Workshop 2 - Report on Proceedings.docx
KwaNgcolosi Workshop 2.docx
KwaNgcolosi Workshop 3.docx
Local Science Models.pptx
Mgeni Maps.pptx
Nxamalala - First Visit.docx
Nxamalala Workshop 1 Final Report.docx
Nxamalala Workshop 1 NGO notes.docx
Nxamalala Workshop 1 Revised Proceedings.docx
Nxamalala Workshop 1 Rough Notes.docx
Nxamalala Workshop 2.doc
Reflections on Process of NGO.docx
Summary of KwaNgcolosi Workshops.docx
What are GCMs.pptx
Workshop Material Dargle.pptx
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