Mapping out stakeholder influence on the implementation of climate change adaptation in Namibia

Mapping out stakeholder influence on the implementation of climate change adaptation in Namibia

Climate change is increasingly recognised as a challenge to sustaining the livelihoods and wellbeing of the people in Namibia.

The Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project uses insights from multi-scale, interdisciplinary work to transform climate adaptation policy and practice in ways that promote the long-term wellbeing of the most vulnerable and those with the least agency.

In July 2015 ASSAR’s southern Africa researchers – from the University of Namibia, University of Cape Town and University of Botswana – held a half-day Stakeholder Influence Mapping workshop with national-level stakeholders in Windhoek.

The workshop was attended by representatives from the national government, NGOs and academia. The main aim of the workshop was to understand who and what influences implementation of climate change adaptation in North Central Namibia.

Eva Schiffer’s Net-Map Toolbox was used to:

  • understand which stakeholders are critical to the climate change adaptation (CCA) agenda in Namibia
  • understand the extent to which stakeholders do or don’t interact with one another
  • explore how different stakeholders influence CCA in their region and how they may contribute to strengthening ASSAR’s research process and getting ASSAR’s research findings integrated into policy and practice
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