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Zambezi River Basin Atlas of the Changing Environment

Zambezi River Basin Atlas of the Changing Environment
  • Southern African Development Community (SADC), Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal, Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM. August 2012
  • The Zambezi River Basin Atlas of the Changing Environment is a basin collaborative initiative with the objective of providing scientific evidence about changes that are taking place in the natural resources and the environment. The Atlas, with climate change as its running theme, is for use by policy makers and other stakeholders, and the general public, to generate action towards climate resilience through adaptation and mitigation of the impacts of climate change. The Atlas discusses the impacts that these changes are having on the basin's people and resources, thus contributing to the documentation and study of the relationship between human populations and the environment. The Atlas contains five chapters. Chapter 1 presents the biophysical and socioeconomic features of the Zambezi River Basin and sub-basins, and some examples of the rich cultures, stretching across eight countries - Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Chapter 2 presents the socio-economic and environmental changes taking place in the Zambezi River Basin. Chapter 3 presents six transboundary issues of importance to the Zambezi River Basin: ecosystems and protected areas, water resources, movement of people, movement of pollutants, fire outbreaks, and navigation. Chapter 4 tracks Goal 7 on Environmental Sustainability, of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with profiles of the eight riparian states of the Zambezi River Basin. Chapter 5 presents the policies and strategies that have been put in place to promote integrated resource management among the Basin states.
  • Geographical coverage: Africa, Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique , Namibia, Tanzania (United Republic of), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Zambezi River Basin
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Biodiversity, Climate change, Drought, Ecosystems, Energy, Ethnology, Floods, Land degradation, Livelihoods, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Mining, Pollution, River Basin Management, Sustainable development, Transboundary waters, Urbanization, Water availability, Water governance, Water management, Water policy, Watersheds, Wetlands
  • Main target audience: General public, National administrations, Policy makers, Stakeholders, Water managers
  • Main purpose: Advocacy
  • Type of resource: Atlas, Facts and figures, Maps, Recommendations
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Published in 2015