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An Evaluation of the Sensitivity of Socio-Economic Activities to Climate Change in Climatically Divergent South African Catchments
Expanded Title:This project was initiated as a result of, among others disparities in water availability and access to water experienced by many of the country’s people, and since these could well be amplified by climate change. Other factors that were taken into account were that South Africa is characterised by a highly variable climate added to an already stressed water situation and an imperfect governance system. It became clear that projected amplification of the effects of climate variability and climate change on hydrological responses requires enhancement of the ability to respond to change. The authors maintain that adaptation and hence adaptive capacity call for the ability of responsiveness as well as a continual uptake of new information into decision making processes in order to evaluate the negative effects and potential benefits from climate change. Hence the predictive scenarios, indicating risk levels, for the biophysical changes associated with projected climatic change for climatically divergent catchments in South Africa were then developed under this project. The sensitivity and adaptive capacity of current socioeconomic activities to the biophysical changes associated with the projected climatic change were evaluated and quantified. While the likely socio-economic impacts resulting from biophysical changes associated with the projected climatic change were assessed by accounting for socioeconomic resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change. Also under this project, appropriate policy responses and mitigation strategies to assist communities in adapting to climatic change are proposed.
Date Published:01/02/2012
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Catchment Management, Water Resource Management/IWRM - Hydrogeology
Document Keywords:Hydrology
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Standard
WRC Report No:1843/1/12
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0267-6
ISBN Set No:978-1-4312-0270-6
Authors:Stuart-Hill SI; Schulze RE
Project No:K5/1843
Document Size:29 670 KB
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