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CSIR Articles : Forests, rangelands and climate change in southern Africa - Forests and Climate Change Working Paper No. 12.

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29 October, 2013

Forests, rangelands and climate change in southern Africa - Forests and Climate Change Working Paper No. 12.

Naidoo, S. Davis, C. & Archer van Garderen, E. (2013)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in collaboration with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa and with the support of the Government of Belgium, released a forests and climate change working paper, titled ‘Forests, Rangelands and Climate Change in Southern Africa.' This paper was prepared as a background document for the Workshop on Forests, Rangelands and Climate Change Adaptation, which was organized by FAO and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat and held in June 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The objectives of the workshop were to take stock of the current efforts of countries in this area, identify country priorities and potential areas of cooperative work within the region, and define the scope of a programme for climate change adaption in forests and rangelands.

This paper provides an analysis of the implications of climate change for forests and rangelands resource in southern Africa. The vulnerability of the resource to climate change and adaptation needs and options for the SADC region are highlighted, as well as potential synergies with mitigation options. A summary of current national actions, country needs and potential areas of collaboration among countries in the region is provided to inform existing and future cooperative initiatives related to the adaptation of forests and rangelands to climate change.

Link to full text: http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i2970e/i2970e.pdf
Link to workshop details and workshop report: http://www.fao.org/forestry/climatechange/83659/en/

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