In semi-arid regions, a global temperature rise of 1.5℃ (and each interval of 0.5℃ thereafter) will have progressively severe local impacts. In this video we describe how average local temperatures increasing faster than the global average (and rising more with each interval of global increase), and intensifying climate extremes and changing rainfall patterns, mean that semi-arid regions will experience declining crop yields, shifts in water availability, compromised health of people and livestock, and additional pressures to livelihoods. Affected countries have growing evidence available to argue for emissions reductions in line with a 1.5℃ warming target, as proposed in the Paris Agreement, and at the same time push for adopting climate-resilient development pathways that acknowledge the threats of increasing temperatures and their associated impacts.
With a strong focus on understanding the factors that enhance or diminish people's vulnerability and wellbeing, and the responses they take to deal with both climatic and non-climatic stressors, ASSAR focused on the most marginalised. In particular, we sought to shift the adaptation narrative from centering mainly on infrastructural, technical solutions to forefronting and addressing some of the barriers posed by power structures, patriarchal norms and governance disconnects.
Gender inequality is a key factor making adaptation efforts ineffective, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Researchers and practitioners involved in ASSAR provided ample evidence to show that commonly-held beliefs about women being the most vulnerable and needing to be the target of interventions should be challenged as local realities show much more complexity and variance.
ASSAR has been examining the conditioning factors surrounding adaptation action in four of the world’s semi-arid regions, with a specific focus on barriers and enablers to the uptake and success of adaptation. Here is what we found.
The release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on 1.5°C marks a critical point in climate negotiations, especially for climate change 'hotspots' like Botswana and Namibia in southern Africa, writes ASSAR's principal investigator, Mark New.
In this report, ASSAR's Botswana team describes the outcomes of a series of workshops with a group of diverse stakeholders to discuss the thorny issue of land use in Bobirwa Sub District and response strategies towards long-term collaborations.
Bhavana Rao attended ASSAR Botswana's national Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) training workshop in August, as a recipient of an ASSAR Small Opportunities Grant. Here she reports back on her cross-learning experience.
Ephias Mugari writes on his experience presenting research on climate change and ecosystem services at an international conference and highlights the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to ecology.
Researchers from the University of Botswana, together with the District Officer of Development in Botswana's Mahalapye sub-district, recently held a half-day workshop to do a stakeholder mapping exercise and identify the hazards and issues affecting the people of the Mahalapye sub-district. Chandapiwa Molefe and Mmakwena Moesi report about the workshop in the latest information brief.