The objectives of the workshop was to transfer knowledge and technologies to address climate change impacts on water resources. To engage with stakeholders and evaluate the interests, and lastly to the identify pilot areas for the implementation of CRIDA in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region.
According to Mbali Mashele of the Biosphere Reserve, 16 participants attended the workshop from irrigation boards, NGOs, municipalities and the private sector. Dr Koen Verbist, from UNESCO’s Regional Office for Southern Africa in Harare, Zimbabwe, led the workshop.
Participants were trained on the 4 out of 5 steps of CRIDA, and these are 1) participatory scoping and problem definition; 2) bottom-up vulnerability assessment; 3) strategy development, including formulation of adaptation pathways; 4) formulation and evaluation of alternatives. Engagement with stakeholders is a key aspects of the approach, and was emphasized throughout the workshop.
Follow-up work will include modeling of some of the watersheds flowing into the park, followed by identification of how the environmental flows that are critical to maintaining wildlife in the area including the park could be affected by climate change projections. Further work with stakeholders is planned for subsequent engagements.