CSIR Contribution to Defining Adaptive Capacity in the Context of Environmental Change
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Pretoria South Africa
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Adaptive capacity in response to environmental change exist in all sectors, but some adaptation responses involve significant co-benefits, synergies and trade-offs. This research supports a comparison of historic human responses to environmental change in the Mississippi River and the Nile River, as measured by human security indicator datasets and environmental variability data. The overall goal is to measure regional adaptive capacity and thus understand how to facilitate regional stability that can withstand threats imposed by environmental impacts. Based on the outcome of this analysis, a set of metrics will be developed that will assist in measuring the adaptive capacity of a region based on past behaviour and capabilities to cope with physical or environmental changes.