This is one of a series of brief project profiles which provide insights
into the kinds of challenges Africans face in adapting to climate
change, and the strategies they are testing with research supported by
the CCAA program. The profiles are based on interviews with CCAA staff
and research team members, local officials, and community members
involved in or affected by the research.
Fruit production in the Western Cape is a critical source of jobs and
revenue. The region is struggling with competing demands for water from
farmers, industry, and a growing urban population. Climate change
scenarios consistently predict even less rainfall in this already arid
region. A diverse team of researchers, led by the University of the Free
State, is working in the Western Cape to give planners and farmers
access to improved climate information and a range of options to help
them prepare for a water-scarce future. The research team will use an
integrated modelling approach - one that combines climate change
scenarios, a hydrological model, and an economic model to analyse and
suggest the most practical and efficient ways of sharing water.
International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada, 4 pp.
Adaptation is … Managing climate risk in South Africa’s Western Cape