Summary: "The five photo-stories from Namibia emphasise challenges such as increased flooding and shifts in the rainy seasons, which negatively affect the community's dependency on maize production. Also human-wildlife conflict such as elephant crop raids are noted as a major barrier to building adaptive capacity and thereby contributing to the increased climate change vulnerability of the community. Although community conservancies are realised as a good means of facilitating an alternative income, thereby enhancing the communities’ adaptive capacity, in many cases these are ineffective and fail to effectively achieve their objectives.

In Tanzania the three photostories identified increased intensity and frequency of droughts in the region as a major vulnerability that severely affect the communities’ livelihoods. The insecurity of land tenures and rights also act as a major barrier to building resilience to climate change. The Tanzanian photostories also emphasise the existing local strategies to climate change and introduce examples on how the use of land management plans can secure land tenures and help the communities adapt to the changes in the climate. The Terrat Conservation Easement is noted as a progressive strategy for land management with the dual goal of preserving pastures for the dry seasons and acting as an additional income from tourism.

In Kenya the seven photostories highlighte the recent inter-tribal tensions in line with more intense and frequent droughts over the last few years, as well as insecure land rights as the communities’ main vulnerabilities. Adaptation strategies aimed at preserving the natural environment, allowing for forest regeneration and pasture conservation were noted, as were income diversification options, including keeping beehives, community tourism activities and pro-active livestock management."

ResourceAfrica UK has been active in southern and eastern Africa over the past year using the community photostories and technical training in climate change and sustainable natural resource use to develop climate change communication interventions with partner NGOs in each country.

Please have a look at the newly produced films on the Namibia Theater Performance "Living Together", the Tanzanian educational film "The World has malaria" and the Climate Conscious Shorts, a series of short documentaries (under development) on climate change experiences across Africa.

The RAUK team is actively working with the outputs from the field, with the aim of presenting these to the international community at COP17 in South Africa. We are currently looking for partners to collaborate with, please feel free to contact us.

All the best,
Max Thabiso Edkins

Technical Trainer and Media Coordinator

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