Climate change vulnerability, adaptation & mitigation

We offer analysis of ecological and economic impacts of climate change and adaptive measures in terms of resource management and protection, in both terrestrial and marine landscapes (including vulnerability, fisheries risk and bush encroachment). This includes research on ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), which is linked to much of the work we do. Irrespective of whether climate change is the key focus, many of our projects take the implications of future climate change into account as an important and integral part of our thinking.

Project Profiles

Vulnerability of rural communities to climate change in South Africa

Vulnerability of rural communities to climate change in South Africa
Fiscal & Financial Commission
South Africa

The aim of this study was to make the case for introducing fiscal mechanisms that support rural development objectives by facilitating increased resilience to climate change in rural areas by establishing the impact of climate change on agriculture productivity on rural economies and municipalities, the vulnerability of municipalities to climate change, and to assess and provide recommendations on financial and fiscal policy measures and instruments that can be used to ameliorate the impact of climate change in the rural areas.

Climate change vulnerability of Namibia’s protected areas

Climate change vulnerability assessment for Namibia’s protected area system
UNDP
Namibia

The aim of this project was to assess the vulnerability of Namibia’s biodiversity and ecosystems to climate change, the economic implications of climate change‐ascribed wildlife and biodiversity changes, as well as to investigate feasible adaptation options.

Climate change and the Benguela ecosystem

Assessment of the likely impacts of climate change on the ecosystem functioning and fisheries of the Benguela ecosystem, South Africa.
University of Rhode Island/History of Marine Animal Populations
South Africa

This study assessed the likely impacts of climate change on the ecosystem functioning and fisheries of the Benguela ecosystem, South Africa.