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Climate change impacts on Namibia's natural resources and economy
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2008 (English)In: Climate Policy, ISSN 1469-3062, E-ISSN 1752-7457, Vol. 8, no 5, 452-466 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Climate change is likely to exacerbate the dry conditions already experienced in southern Africa. When rainfall does come, it is likely to be in bursts of greater intensity, leading to erosion and flood damage. However, these predictions have had very little influence on policy in southern African countries. Computable general equilibrium (CGE) model simulations for Namibia indicate that over 20 years, annual losses to the Namibian economy could be up to 5% of GDP, due to the impact that climate change will have on its natural resources alone. This will affect the poorest people the most, with resulting constraints on employment opportunities and declining wages, especially for unskilled labour in rural areas. Namibia must take steps to ensure that all its policies and activities are 'climate proofed' and that it has a strategy to deal with displaced farmers and farm workers. The need to mainstream climate change into policies and planning is clear, and it is the responsibility of industrialized nations, who have largely created the problem of climate change, to help Namibia and other vulnerable countries cope with climate change impacts and plan for a climate-constrained future.

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London: Earthscan / James & James, 2008. Vol. 8, no 5, 452-466 p.
Keyword [en]
Africa, climate change, economics, employment, environmental impact, mainstreaming, Namibia, natural resources, poverty, vulnerability
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Environmental Sciences Public Administration Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-117521DOI: 10.3763/cpol.2008.0521ISI: 000259628500002OAI: diva2:908136
Available from: 2016-03-01 Created: 2016-03-01 Last updated: 2016-03-01Bibliographically approved

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