What Does Climate Change Mean for the Limpopo Basin?


The objective of the Resilience in the Limpopo Basin Program (RESILIM) of USAID Southern Africa is to enhance the resilience of people and ecosystems in the Limpopo Basin Program (LRB) by strengthening the capacity of the Limpopo Watercourse Commission (LIMCOM), and its key stakeholders, to address issues of climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation within the context of trans-boundary integrated water resources management (IWRM).

The Limpopo River Basin (LRB) is mostly semi-arid, with a highly variable climate, and is periodically exposed to severe droughts and floods. Because of its extensive variety of landscapes and socio-economic systems, the expected climate changes will impact differentially on various parts of the LRB. These will cause ‘hotspots of greater vulnerability’ in some places. OneWorld, as part of the RESILIM program undertook this climate risk and vulnerability hotspot analysis, which captures the spatial variability of different biophysical, biological and socio-economic factors into models of risk and vulnerability. This study identified eight climate change hotspots from the Upper, Middle and Lower reaches of the Limpopo Basin.