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Namaqualand hosts climate change conference

Last week, Conservation South Africa (CSA) hosted a climate change conference in Springbok in the Succulent Karoo Biome. This capacity building event formed part of CIís three-country Ecosystems-based Adaptation study currently ongoing in South Africa, Brazil, and the Philippines. Representatives from local, district, and provincial government got together with conservation organisations, research institutions, community representative, and local communicators to learn about and plan for adapting to climate change in the District.

Prof. Guy Midgley, South Africaís lead negotiator to the UNFCCC, brought the latest in climate science for Southern Africa, making the links to projections for the Namakwa District clear and relevant. Following this, South African National Parks conservation planner and NMMU researcher Dr. Stephen Holness presented a series of maps and models around biome stability and EbA priority areas for the District. Other sessions discussed socio-economic vulnerabilities and the ways in which CSA and partners address these on the ground using EbA approaches.

Several speakers provided insight into climate change policy and governance at a variety of levels. Two workshop sessions focused on roles and responsibilities, budget allocations, opportunities, challenges, and priority areas and actions for effective climate change response in the District. The conference was extremely timely to feed into local government disaster risk reduction and local economic development planning and was very well received. A conference report will be available in April 2012. For more information, please contact Amanda Bourne at: a 'dot' bourne 'at' conservation 'dot' org, Climate Adaptation Coordinator.

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Posted: 3/20/2012 (4:59:41 AM)

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