ISBN 9780798302951
Pages 294
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2012
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Overcoming Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation Implementation in Southern Africa

edited by Lesley Masters, Lyndsey Duff

Adapting to the impacts of climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the African continent. Although initially couched as primarily an environmental challenge, its importance in the socio-economic development of the region has seen the prioritisation of adaptation in the African common position at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate change negotiations. This emphasis has resulted in a number of studies on the vulnerability of countries to climate change, including case studies detailing examples of adaptation in practice. Yet the understanding of the implementation of adaptation measures needs further nuance in its approach. This book goes beyond highlighting the importance of adaptation in supporting future socioeconomic development, to grappling with the challenges in implementing adaptation measures with the authors addressing some of the key obstacles facing the implementation of adaptation projects. In building an understanding of the barriers, and in unpacking the real implications for those leading adaptation efforts in Southern Africa, this book aims to not only bring to the fore elements that act as a constraint, but to further the discussion on how best to overcome these barriers in adapting to climate change.

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About the Editors

Lesley Masters

Lesley Masters is a Senior Researcher in the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Programme at the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), Pretoria. She received her PhD from the University of Leicester, with a focus on South Africa’s foreign policy. Her current research interests lie in foreign policy as well as international environmental diplomacy with recent publications covering Africa and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), climate change, energy and South Africa’s foreign policy, and the international politics of energy security.

Lyndsey Duff

Lyndsey Duff is a Researcher in the International Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Programme at the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD). Her research primarily focuses on development cooperation, South Africa as a new development actor and the politics of international climate change negotiations. She has researched widely within the broader field of South African foreign policy. Lyndsey formerly held positions at ActionAid International and BusinessMap Investment Strategy Advisors. She holds a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Johannesburg and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

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