Adaptation to Climate Change in Southern Africa: New Boundaries for Development

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Earthscan, 2010 - Business & Economics - 122 pages

Adverse climate impacts are already evident across Southern Africa and pose a serious threat to the development prospects of the region's societies. Sustainable development in this region will depend on the rapid development and implementation of effective adaptation measures.

This volume identifies the new socioeconomic and political boundaries to development that result from ongoing climate change in Southern Africa. The collected papers explore the region's potential for a transition to development strategies that combine meaningful socioeconomic investment and adaptation measures while also improving livelihoods in the region. The chapters are backed up by detailed case studies which underscore the urgent need for national governments and multilateral agencies to develop strategies to support Southern Africa's societies in adapting to climate change.


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Aims and scope
Adaptation to climate change in Southern Africa New boundaries for sustainable development?
Climate change adaptation in a developing country context The case of urban water supply in Cape Town
South African water governance between administrative and hydrological boundaries
Does South Africas water law and policy allow for climate change adaptation?
Adaptation to climate change and desertification Perspectives from national policy and autonomous practice in Malawi
Framing climate vulnerability and adaptation at multiple levels Addressing climate risks or institutional barriers in Lesotho?
Flood disaster risk management and humanitarian interventions in the Zambezi River Basin Implications for adaptation to climate change
Integrating adaptation into development strategies The Southern African perspective

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About the author (2010)

Steffen Baueris a Senior Researcher in the Department for Environmental Policy and Management of Natural Resources at the German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany.

Imme Scholzis Deputy Director of the German Development Institute in Bonn, Germany, and Head of its Department for Environmental Policy and Management of Natural Resources.

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