Be Resilient South Africa

Project name :

Addressing climate risk and building adaptive capacity in South Africa’s Biosphere Reserves

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Location :

South Africa


The Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) is a bottom up stepwise approach that guides technical decision makers to develop effective solutions under conditions of future uncertainty. CRIDA was established in 2018 to support member states to bring climate change adaptation to the local level through a bottom-up approach that actively involves local stakeholders. The full methodology is described by Mendoza et al. (2018) and is available from the UNESCO CRIDA Website. In summary, it consists of 5 steps, and major activities pertaining to each step are as outlined in the figure below.

Step 1 - Decision context

The first step of the CRIDA process is the Decision Context.  In this step, the problem confronting a community or system needs to be clearly defined. This involves an all-inclusive stakeholder engagement to define key indicators/ performance metrics and their critical thresholds beyond which negative impacts are expected.

In the current Be Resilient South Africa Project, this step was carried out from the 8th to the 10th of November 2021 in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve in Hoedspruit and from the 11th to the 12th of November 2021 in the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve in Stellenbosch. Representatives from Vhembe and Marico Biosphere Reserves attended the K2C workshops to observe the process so that they could carry out the same step in their Biosphere Reserves later.

Participants at the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve meeting

Participants at the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve meeting