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.
Table of Contents
New Boundaries for Development? Adaptation to Climate Change in Southern Africa Adaptation to Climate Change in Southern Africa: What Role for the United Nations? Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Water Supply: Challenges in a Developing Country Context South African Water Governance between Administrative and Hydrological Boundaries Does South Africa's Legal and Policy Framework on Water Management Offer the Flexibility for Adaptation to Climate Change? Household and Policy Adaptations to Climate Change and Desertification: Rural and Urban Perspectives from Malawi Framing Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Development Context: Reducing Climate Risks or Supporting Sustainable Development in Lesotho? Highlighting the Importance of Integrating Adaptation into Development Strategies: The Southern African Perspective Flood Disasters, Humanitarian Crisis and Intervention in the Context of Climate Change in the Zambezi River Basin
Steffen Bauer is a Senior Researcher in the Department for Environmental Policy and Management of Natural Resources at the German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany.
Imme Scholz is Deputy Director of the German Development Institute in Bonn, Germany, and Head of its Department for Environmental Policy and Management of Natural Resources.