Making meaning of climate change: Experiences of using a conversational?

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In Southern Africa, local climates are heating up. A great deal of work is being done on developing ‘simple resources’ and ‘tool boxes’ for climate change capacity and action. However, climate concepts can be deeply alienating and overwhelming, both for local government officials who are tasked with developing climate preparedness and for the diverse stakeholder groups from vastly divergent socio-economic and educational backgrounds. These include civil society organisations, small-scale farmers, and natural resource managers. Finding an appropriately robust approach that was sufficiently flexible to meet these challenges was a priority for the RESILIM-Olifants Programme. This webinar showcases the systemic, social learning approach – known as the Dialogues for Climate Change Literacy and Adaptation (DICLAD) – which was developed to “demystify” climate change and make adaptation “everyone’s business”. It is designed to be used at a ‘local’ scale to map potential climate change impacts and develop adaptation plans. At the core is the integration of technical (localized, down-scaled data) and narrative information in a conversational process that expands peoples’ understanding of climate change from an ‘environmental’ issue to a ‘well-being’ issue and that maps potential adaptation pathways and plans at multiple scales. We reflect on potential uses and welcome discussion on when and where DICLAD may be used.

Webinar Resources

How is the climate changing in the Olifants River Catchment

– Ancois de Villiers

Within the Olifants River Catchment, the local climate has changed and is continuing to change. Understanding what these changes are likely to be in the future relies on projections from models.

Climate Change: Understanding scenarios, RCP, PPM 

– Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers

Climate change scenarios for the Olifants catchment and technical terms are explained in simple terms.

Embedding Climate Change Adaptation within Local Government

– AWARD

The focus of this policy and practice brief is on embedding climate change in municipal planning and actions.

Core Concepts for Climate Change Thinking in the Olifants Catchment

– Ancois de Villiers & Sharon Pollard

In this brochure, simple graphics convey the important concepts behind understanding climate change.

Tabataba ya phetogo ya tlelaemete – A4

– Ancois de Villiers & Sharon Pollard

In this Sepedi brochure simple graphics convey the important concepts behind understanding climate change.

Tabataba ya phetogo ya tlelaemete – A5

– Ancois de Villiers & Sharon Pollard

In this Sepedi brochure simple graphics convey the important concepts behind understanding climate change.

Literature Review of Climate Resilience in the Mozambique Portion of the Limpopo/Olifants River Basin

– Verde Azul

This document presents an analysis of environmental and social issues arising in the literature related to the Limpopo River Basin in Mozambique.

Climate Change Adaptation Option Review Global, National & Olifants Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Ancois de Villiers, Kgomotso Thomas, Sharon Pollard, Coleen Vogel

A comprehensive review of climate change adaption options through a global, national and catchment lens.

Historical Trends & Climate Projections per Climate Region Olifants River Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers with Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG)

Climate change projections per climate region of the Olifants catchment.

Historical Trends & Climate Projections Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality, Olifants River Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers with Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG)

Climate change projections for BaPhalaborwa Local Municipality, Mopani District.

Historical Trends & Climate Projections Maruleng Local Municipality, Olifants River Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers with Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG)

Climate change projections for Maruleng Local Municipality, Mopani District.

Historical Trends & Climate Projections Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality, Olifants River Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers with Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG)

Climate change projections for Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality, Mopani District.

Historical Trends & Climate Projections  Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality, Olifants River Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers with Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG)

Climate change projections for Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality, Mopani District.

Historical Trends & Climate Projections Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality, Olifants River Catchment

– Taryn Kong, Sharon Pollard & Ancois de Villiers with Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG)

Climate change projections for Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality, Mopani District.

Agricultural Support

Soil and Water Conservation in Agroecology – What can we as farmers do?

– Sharon Pollard & Derick du Toit

This brochure for farmers and practitioners aims to support the practices of agroecology by providing a simple framework (the five fingers of a hand) for remembering five key agroecology principles

Climate Smart Agriculture – Lower Olifants Catchment 

– AWARD & Mahlathini Development Foundation

This booklet explains the RESILIM O AgriSI project in the lower Olifants Catchment.

AgriSI Farmer Baseline Report Sekororo Turkey village

– Erna Kruger & Sylvester Selala 

This study is a baseline report for the AgriSI Project in Sekororo.

Agriculture Support Initiative Lower Olifants: Project Summary 

– AWARD & Mahlathini Development Foundation

Summary of a project for increased adaptive capacity and climate change resilience  in eight villages of the Lower Olifants River.

Climate Adaptation in Small-Scale Agriculture [Middle Olifants Catchment]

– AWARD & UKUVUNA

This is a project summary of the AgriSI project in Sekhukhune District, Olifants Catchment.

Agriculture Support Initiative – Support to Farmers and Local Facilitators

– Crayton Zazu & Bigboy Mkhabela

A tour of farmers busy with agroecology practices is documented in the report.

Monitoring Progress – Farmer Field Visits (Agriculture Support Initiative) 

– Crayton Zazu & Bigboy Mkhabela

A visit to farmers facing the challenges of implementing agroecological approaches.

Medicinal & Edible Herbs used by Farmers in the Lower & Middle Olifants Catchment (English and Sepedi)

– Bigboy Mkhabela

Here is a simple guide to some of the edible medicinal herbs that small-scale farmers in the Olifants are growing. It is in both English and Sepedi.

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