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Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) Workshop in Kruger National Park

15/03/2020
Hazyview, South Africa

A Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) Workshop was held in Hazyview, South Africa on 11-12 March 2020.  It was co-organized and co-funded by Kruger National Park. CRIDA is a five-step, collaborative bottom-up water resources planning framework to address deep uncertainties associated with climatic, demographic and land-use change. The CRIDA approach was jointly developed by UNESCO, the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), Deltares, ICIWaRM and the US Army Corps of Engineers, and has now been used globally for planning water resources infrastructure.

The objectives of the workshop was to transfer knowledge and technologies to address climate change impacts on water resources, and to engage with stakeholders to identify pilot areas for the implementation of CRIDA in the Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Biosphere Region, which is closely linked to the Kruger National Park. 

According to Mbali Mashele of the K2C Biosphere Reserve, 16 participants attended the workshop from irrigation boards, NGOs, municipalities and the private sector. Dr Koen Verbist, from UNESCO’s Regional Office for Southern Africa in Harare, Zimbabwe, led the workshop.

Participants were trained on 4 out of 5 steps of CRIDA, inclusing ) participatory scoping and problem definition; 2) bottom-up vulnerability assessment; 3) strategy development, including formulation of adaptation pathways; 4) formulation and evaluation of alternatives. Engagement with stakeholders is a key aspects of the approach, and was emphasized throughout the workshop.

Follow-up work will include modeling of some of the watersheds flowing into the park, followed by identification of how the environmental flows that are critical to maintaining wildlife in the area including the park could be affected by climate change projections. Further work with stakeholders is planned for subsequent engagements.

More information on the Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis can be found at https://en.unesco.org/crida