“Those who adapt first, survive” Charles Darwin

Klein Constantia, Cape Town

ERC has been involved in a UNITAR funded study looking at “Adaptation of Deciduous Fruit Farmers in the Western Cape to climate change” with a focus on Klein Constantia as a case study. This farm was chosen in part due to the fact that it is a traditionally white wine producing region. With climate change, white wines are likely to suffer more than reds, as the threshold for white wine production is already close to its range limit. In contrast,… Read more“Those who adapt first, survive” Charles Darwin

Can Doha produce a breakthrough on agriculture?

Recent Conferences of Parties (COP) have resulted in a discussion and/or a decision on at least one sector/theme agreed by majority of the Parties. Typical examples include the establishment of the Adaptation Fund (also to be used for capacity building through technology transfer) at COP7 in 2003, the adoption of Nairobi Work Plan at COP12 in 2006, and the formal REDD+ mechanism for developing countries to contribute to mitigation actions at COP16 in 2010. At all these meetings, there has… Read moreCan Doha produce a breakthrough on agriculture?

SA White Paper on Climate Change

After months of intra-government and public consultation following on from the Climate Response Green Paper,   Edith Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, published the White Paper on the National Climate Change response for general information in the government gazette on 19 October 2011. The Gazetted version can be found here: http://www.info.gov.za The South African Cabinet has approved the National Climate Change Response Policy. “This evolving policy must be seen as the embodiment of our commitment to a fair contribution… Read moreSA White Paper on Climate Change