Vulnerability and Risk Assessment in Botswana's Bobirwa sub-district: fostering people-centred adaptation to climate change

Vulnerability and Risk Assessment in Botswana's Bobirwa sub-district: fostering people-centred adaptation to climate change

The Vulnerability Risk Assessment (VRA) methodology aims at developing a common understanding among various stakeholders, including government officials, village committees and local communities, about the main hazards and issues affecting communities living in a given social-ecological landscape. These stakeholders constitute the Knowledge Group (KG). This engagement was done so as to design measures that reduce risk, enhance wellbeing and promote resilience to hazards in the landscape. There are the four following steps that make up the VRA methodology.

In November 2015, ASSAR’s (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions) Southern Africa researchers from the University of Botswana (UB), University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Namibia (UNAM) and Oxfam, conducted a two-day Vulnerability Risk Assessment (VRA) in order to bring stakeholder groups closer to ASSAR’s work. Based on the findings, the aim was to reassess ASSAR’s priorities. The workshop was attended by various government officials, Village Development Committee (VDC) members, local community members, and representatives from farmer committees.

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