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"Towards meeting the challenges of climate change": Institutional structures and best practices in land and water management in Southern Africa
Mulungushi International Conference Center, Lusaka, Zambia
April 2008
3rd SADC-EU International scientific symposium


Call for abstracts

Background

The SADC Land and Water Management Applied Research Programme (SADC-LWMP) in the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Directorate (FANR) of the Southern African Development Community Secretariat (SADC) have held annual scientific symposia in the Southern African region for the past two years. The purpose of the annual symposium is to facilitate the sharing and dissemination of research results in Land and Water Management. It provides a platform for researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders to meet and exchange ideas and has become the premier land and Water management in Southern Africa. Great emphasis is placed on integration of knowledge, particularly involving scholars from the natural and social sciences.

There is a broad scientific consensus that global climatic change is a real problem and that it will alter the hydrologic cycle in a variety of important ways (IPCC1996a, b). Climate change is has profound effects on the hydrologic cycle through altered precipitation, evapotranspiration, and soil moisture patterns while changing land use and land management practices can also alter the hydrological system. Climate change has implications for land and water resources and these resources are vulnerable to a wide range of effects, some of which are already occurring. These effects include, among others, (1) physical effects, such as droughts, floods and sea level rise; (2) biological effects, such as increases in insect and disease infestations, shifts in species distribution, and changes in the timing of natural events; and (3) economic and social effects, such as adverse impacts on tourism, infrastructure and other resource uses. Several challenges that resource managers face in addressing the observed and potential effects of climate change in their management and planning efforts remain a challenge. Additionally, the enduring changes in climate, water supply and soil moisture could make it less feasible to continue crop production in Southern African region.

Abstracts must please be submitted no later than 31 December 2007.

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