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NAMBIA: No Option but to Adapt to a Changing Climate

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Thursday, 18 August 2011

NAMBIA: No Option but to Adapt to a Changing Climate

Extreme weather conditions predicted because of climate change in Namibia are likely to have a tremendous effect on the 70 percent of the country’s people who live in rural areas and depend heavily on agriculture.

According to experts in climate change, Namibia has no option but to adapt to the changing climate as radical changes in weather, such as extreme dry spells and exceptionally heavy rainfall, are forecast for the southern African country. […]

At least 21 school children were reported to have drowned since the beginning of the floods in early February. Extensive damage was also sustained on Namibia’s roads, buildings and other infrastructure, and thousands of people were displaced.

In a country where some of the biggest contributors to the national economy – namely agriculture, fisheries and eco-tourism – are dependent on natural resources, the ever-increasing change will require substantial adaptation.

Source: IPS