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EditPhoto Title:Building resilience to climate change in South Africa
EditPhoto Description:Using nature as a buffer against climate impacts
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​In South Africa, resources are limited and unequally distributed. As a result, many people are lacking what they need to be able to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Climate change will place particular stress on Succulent Karoo in the Namakwa District, with climate models indicating the region will become hotter and drier, experiencing more intense storms, floods and droughts. These changes are already apparent: Coastal storms and droughts over the last 10 years cost the local economy millions of Rands in damage to infrastructure alone. Creating resilient ecosystems is essential to withstanding future climatic changes.


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EditText:In South Africa, CI demonstrated the use of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) activities in semi-arid pastoral communities in the Succulent Karoo ecoregion. Project activities focused on the rehabilitation of critical rangelands and wetlands in the Leliefontein area of Kamiesberg, and improved land management techniques in the Steinkopf area of Nama Khoi, where increasing rainfall variability and increasing temperatures present a threat to water resources.
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EditItem Title:Rehabilitate wetlands and improve rangeland management
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EditItem Text:We helped local farming communities rehabilitate wetlands in the Leliefontein area by removing non-native vegetation, filling erosion areas, building structures to restore the water table and revegetating areas to increase ground cover and species diversity. This increased groundwater reserves and dry-season reserves of fodder for livestock, improving the area’s natural resilience to climate change.
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EditItem Text:We developed a rangeland rehabilitation protocol for semi-arid shrubland on two communal farms by building capacity among farmers to improve land management. We helped implement a grazing trial to examine the relationships between stocking rates, rotational grazing, grassland conditions and animal health.
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EditItem Title:Integrate climate adaptation planning into policy
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EditItem Text:As part of our work in the region, CI helped to integrate lessons learned from EbA field demonstrations into eight local and district integrated development plans as well as provincial and national policy and development planning.
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    CI — EbA Solutions Project

    These activities were funded by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), under the International Climate Initiative (IKI) to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of people vulnerable to climate change in the Philippines, South Africa and Brazil through implementation of EbA measures. Project results are informing the implementation and amplification of EbA in these and other geographies, giving the lessons very broad relevance for EbA globally.



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