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Building resilience in rangelands through a natural resource management approach, Namaqualand: a case study - Summary

The Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa has been implementing a Natural Resource Management (NRM) programme that has been contributing towards the restoration of rangelands for several decades. Although contributing to adaptation, the NRM programme is not measuring the impact of its intervention in terms of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). A case study in Namaqualand by Conservation South Africa (CSA) tested whether low cost erosion control structures within the NRM programme would have both biophysical and socio-economic benefits in South Africa’s semi-arid rangelands. They tested this through semi-structured face-to-face interviews as well as a Before-After-Control-Impact-Paired study that tested the biophysical impacts of structures across ten sites.

The study found that there is opportunity for the programme to provide investment for large scale EbA if they are designed and monitored as such. The case study found that monitoring both the biophysical and the socio-economic benefits of the programme, as well as the impact of specific adaptation training, will demonstrate the additional benefits the programme provides with regards to long term resilience.

This is a summary of the longer report 'Building resilience in rangelands through a natural resource management model: a case study - Full report'

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Conservation South Africa (2020) Building resilience in rangelands through a natural resource management approach, Namaqualand: a case study - Summary. Conservation South Africa, Cape Town.

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In South Africa, IIED and CSA are reviewing lessons from CSA’s activities to mainstream ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) within climate policy. Through a case study in the Namaqualand region, we are also understanding more on EbA effectiveness and learning how to scale it up into broader government programmes.

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