Climate change impacts and adaptation in South Africa

Ziervogel, Gina, New, Mark, van Garderen, Emma Archer, Midgley, Guy, Taylor, Anna, Hamann, Ralph, Stuart-Hill, Sabine, Myers, Jonny and Warburton, Michele (2014) Climate change impacts and adaptation in South Africa. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 5 (5). pp. 605-620. ISSN 1757-7780

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Abstract

In this paper we review current approaches and recent advances in research on climate impacts and adaptation in South Africa. South Africa has a well-developed earth system science research program that underpins the climate change scenarios developed for the southern African region. Established research on the biophysical impacts of climate change on key sectors (water, agriculture, and biodiversity) integrates the climate change scenarios but further research is needed in a number of areas, such as the climate impacts on cities and the built environment. National government has developed a National Climate Change Response White Paper, but this has yet to translate into policy that mainstreams adaptation in everyday practice and longer-term planning in all spheres and levels of government. A national process to scope long-term adaptation scenarios is underway, focusing on cross-sectoral linkages in adaptation responses at a national level. Adaptation responses are emerging in certain sectors. Some notable city-scale and project-based adaptation responses have been implemented, but institutional challenges persist. In addition, a number of knowledge gaps remain in relation to the biophysical and socio-economic impacts of climate change. A particular need is to develop South Africa's capacity to undertake integrated assessments of climate change that can support climate-resilient development planning. (C) 2014 The Authors. WIREs Climate Change published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors. WIREs Climate Change published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cape floristic region,dispersal corridors,resource management,potential impacts,body-temperature,local-government,protected areas,angora-goats,model,proteaceae
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 14:06
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 00:08
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/53287
DOI: 10.1002/wcc.295

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