Report

Research on Farming Systems Change to Enable Adaptation to Climate Change

This report seeks to compile a current account of farming systems and the changes that farmers are experiencing in Namibia. This study seeks to enable adaptation to climate change based on the information gathered. The
Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, were involved in assisting and executing the study. The Environmental Conventions and Related Programs Unit of the
Ministry of Environment and Tourism were also involved. There were valuable
comments and inputs to the report made by the members of the Namibian Climate Change Committee, and the

Addressing the Challenge: Recommendations and Quality Criteria for Linking Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change

The following report is based on the acknowledgement that climate change is a fact (see IPCC 2007) and that it must be seen as a threat to human society. Even if a reduction of green house gas emissions will be achieved in the future, changes in the climate that have been set in motion up to the present will increase the effects that are already visible today: Increases in temperature, variations in precipitation, melting of glaciers, sea level rise and particularly – more intensive weather related extreme events, such as tropical storms, floods, droughts and heat waves are unavoidable.

Climate information for adaptation and development needs

WMO strategies are designed to respond to a number of
challenges related to weather, climate and water issues. Climate change and its impacts, one of the most serious
problems facing sustainable development globally, is of
great concern to humanity and is being addressed by
several global, regional and national organizations and
institutions. Even if mitigation actions such as greenhouse
gas emission reductions can help to slow the
rate and the magnitude of climate change, it is widely
acknowledged that climate change is now inevitable,

UN-WATER POLICY BRIEF: Climate Change Adaptation: The Pivotal Role of Water

Adaptation to climate change is urgent and water plays a pivotal role in it. For more information read the UN-Water policy brief.

Water is the primary medium through which climate
change influences Earth’s ecosystem and thus the livelihood
and well-being of societies. Global warming is likely
to intensify, accelerate or enhance the global hydrological
cycle. Source: Climate Change Adaptation: The Pivotal Role of Water, p. 3.

Not If, But When: Adapting to Natural Hazards in the Pacific Islands Region

The goal of this Policy Note is to influence policy
makers and development partners in the Pacific
Islands region to undertake risk management of
natural hazards and minimize the future impacts
of natural disasters, climate change and sea level
rise. As a short-term objective, the Policy Note
aims to review the disaster trends and lessons
learned from pilot risk management of natural
hazards initiatives, and recommend a strategic
way forward. Particular attention is paid to the
three ‘I’s’ of risk management of natural hazards:

Climate models, projections and uncertainties in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Introduction for researchers and decision makers

Summary

In order to assess potential impacts of climate change and hence develop appropriate adaptation strategies, reliable estimates of likely changes in future climate are necessary. Information about how critical parameters can be expected to change in the long-term is used by researchers and practitioners from a broad array of disciplines for analysis and decision-making.

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