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Stephanie Midgley: Integrating local and indigenous knowledge into river basin management for effective climate change adaptation

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Stephanie Midgley: Integrating local and indigenous knowledge into river basin management for effective climate change adaptation

  1. 1. Integrating local and indigenous knowledge into river basin management for effective climate change adaptation<br />Bonty Botumile, James Cumming, Sabrina Chesterman, Stephanie Midgley<br />10 March 2011<br />AfricaAdapt Conference, Addis Ababa<br />
  2. 2. Outline<br />What is RCCP?<br />Vulnerable transboundary regions<br />Scales: from transboundary river basin to communities<br />Objectives of research<br />Methodology and early results<br />Lessons learned<br />Challenges<br />Way forward<br />
  3. 3. What is the RCCP?<br />Purpose:<br />To enable transboundary adaptation to climate change, with equitable access to climate funding, in Southern Africa<br />Implemented by OneWorld Sustainable Investments<br />
  4. 4. Vulnerable transboundary regions<br />Zambezi River Basin<br />Malawi and surrounds<br />Okavango River Basin<br />Lower Limpopo River Basin<br />
  5. 5. Scales: from transboundary river basin to communities<br />Why Okavango Basin<br />Interactive Framework - that allows communities to modify and customise<br />Giving communities a voice and platform<br />
  6. 6. Okavango River Basin<br />
  7. 7. Objectives<br />Gather IK from custodians<br />Validate findings<br />Integrate with science<br />Inform RCCP transboundary adaptation responses<br />Replicable and transferable methodologies and lessons<br />
  8. 8. Methodology<br />Study sites<br />Tools: storytelling, interviews, surveys, shadowing, focus groups, seasonal calendars, traditional festivals etc<br />
  9. 9. Methodology<br />Questions: key focus on water<br />Sources: surface water, groundwater, rainfall<br />Perceptions and forecasting<br />Coping mechanisms<br />Natural resource protection, harvesting and storage<br />Livelihoods<br />Knowledge dissemination<br />Gender/youth<br />
  10. 10. Lessons learned<br />Tap into existing structures e.g. OKACOM, Basin Wide Forum, Okavango Research Institute<br />Hidden vulnerability<br />Social complexities<br />Validation / triangulation<br />
  11. 11. Challenges<br />Managing Expectations<br />Handout Mentality<br />Sample Representivity- Is it reflective of basin issues<br />Scaling it up to basin level in line with our vision (given politics, institutions)<br />Time and Patience consuming<br />
  12. 12. Way Forward<br />Keep research contextualised<br />Validation of IK<br />Information Dissemination <br />Participatory Adaptation Strategy<br />Engaging with OKACOM on integrating IK, science, institutions to keep it sustainable<br />
  13. 13. Thank you<br />www.rccp.org.za<br />ILKP: tharientsho@gmail.com<br />RCCP: stephanie@oneworldgroup.co.za<br />

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