A city among the moutains, landscape, Cape Floristic Province, South Africa.
© CI/Photo by Haroldo Castro
In South Africa, the Namaqua District of Northern Cape Province is a semi-arid savanna with a population of 126,500. In the face of climate change, this region could move from semi-desert to a desert in the next 50 years. As farmer and cattle rancher numbers will likely increase, adaptation strategies will be critical for dealing with water scarcity and land degradation.
In this context, CI is focusing on integrating ecosystem-based adaptation information into policy frameworks, budgeting and government staff capacity, as well as piloting improved livestock grazing and freshwater management in lands. Results, case studies and lessons learned will inform national policy plans and be profiled in global conventions.