Promoting healthy ecosystems to build resilience to climate change


3.1. Research - Adaptation assessment of the CAP stewardship corridors

This research aims to verify the nature and location of the landscape-scale stewardship and restoration corridors in the CAP portfolio as effective means of enabling biodiversity and communities to adapt to the likely impacts of climate change. It involves monitoring the existing corridors for evidence of adaptation to climate change at the sites, developing selection criteria for identifying new sites of critical importance for conservation and adaptation, and integrating regional climate change information into management plans for the corridors. The project is due to be completed by July 2011.

Although biodiversity corridors are often described as the most obvious means to enable adaptation to climate change, little research has been done at the CAP sites to verify whether or not this is the case. Furthermore, although many biodiversity conservation plans incorporate notional corridors, these are often at inappropriate scales for action or not explicitly designed with climate change in mind. Ultimately this project is designed with the intention of develop long-term monitoring and evaluation criteria for climate change adaptation in restoration and stewardship sites.

The objective of the research are to

(1) establish where the most viable sites for adaptation corridors in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal province are, following a similar process already developed for and implemented in adaptation corridors in the Western Cape.
(2) verify if the creation of those corridors which have been included in the DG Murray Trust funded CAP portfolio of projects in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape are in fact suitable for enabling adaptation.

The key outputs of the research are

(1) an assessment of suitable sites for adaptation in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape, building on work done by the Table Mountain Fund in the Western Cape, by collating conservation spatial panning maps and climate change scenario models.
(2) to contextualize the current CAP sites within existing corridor plans and provincial spatial maps and describe the vegetation biomes and geographical area of each site.
(3) an assessment of the climate adaptation suitability of the current CAP adaptation sites in KZN and the Eastern Cape in relation to provincial level systematic conservation spatial plans and current climate change data for the site areas.
(4) to create a platform for the discussion of ecological adaptation requirements and criteria for evaluation and the role of sites and corridors in adaptation to climate change.
(5) to integrate monitoring and evaluation criteria within the current CAP sites and other future sites with reserve and corridor management plans to facilitate the tracking of climate change and adaptation benefits over time.


Sarshen Marais
Climate Action Partnership Manager
Tel: 021 799 8721

Click the image to enlarge: Connecting open spaces for climate change adaptation
Connecting open spaces for climate change adaptation
Click the image to enlarge: Stewardship corridors allow species to move with increasing temperatures
Stewardship corridors allow species to move with increasing temperatures
Click the image to enlarge: Animal migration
Animal migration
Click the image to enlarge: How many species do I need?
How many species do I need?
Posted: 4/13/2011 (2:47:00 PM)

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