Assessing vulnerability of rural communities to climate change : a review of implications for forest-based livelihoods in South Africa

Show simple item record Ofoegbu, Chidiebere Chirwa, Paxie W. Francis, Joseph Babalola, F.D. 2017-08-15T11:34:24Z 2017-08-15T11:34:24Z 2017
dc.description.abstract PURPOSE : The paper aims to enhance the understanding of the impacts of climate change on rural communities in Africa, including people's livelihoods, their adaptive capacity, coping practice and ability to engage in sustainable forest use and management of climate change adaptation. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH : The paper opted for a desktop review approach, using the forest-sed rural communities of South Africa as a case study. FINDINGS : This review shows that climate variability and change are affecting rural people and their livelihoods negatively. Forest-based livelihoods are particularly vulnerable. Nevertheless, the people have developed coping mechanisms to cushion the effects of climate variability and change. However, the effectiveness and efficiency of these strategies are greatly constrained by factors that are related mostly to their socioeconomic characteristics (for example, skill level, educational status and health) and the functionalities of infrastructures and services in their communities. RESEARCH LIMITATIONS/IMPLICATIONS : Given that the study focused on forest-based rural communities and livelihoods, the results may be limited in generalizability. This may have particular implications for other categories of rural communities and livelihoods in Africa and developing countries in other continents. PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS : The study showed that opportunities for planning and implementing effective climate change adaptation at rural community level in South Africa are reliant on effective strategies to overcome the constraints identified by the study. The authors thus recommend that climate change adaptation initiatives in rural communities of Africa should focus on improving people's socioeconomic conditions and the overall sustainable development of the community. ORIGINALITY/VALUE : This paper fulfils an identified need to study how climate change affects rural forest-based communities and livelihoods. en_ZA
dc.description.department Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development en_ZA
dc.description.department Plant Production and Soil Science en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2017 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation of South Africa through the innovation doctoral scholarship programme, Grant UID: 82942. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Chidiebere Ofoegbu, Paxie Chirwa, Joseph Francis, Folaranmi Babalola, (2017) "Assessing vulnerability of rural communities to climate change: A review of implications for forest-based livelihoods in South Africa", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 9 Issue: 03, pp.374-386, en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1756-8692
dc.identifier.other 10.1108/IJCCSM-04-2016-0044
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Emerald en_ZA
dc.rights © Emerald Group Publishing Limited en_ZA
dc.subject Community en_ZA
dc.subject Forests en_ZA
dc.subject Livelihoods en_ZA
dc.subject Development en_ZA
dc.subject Adaptation en_ZA
dc.title Assessing vulnerability of rural communities to climate change : a review of implications for forest-based livelihoods in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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