Southern Africa will not uniformly feel the impacts of future climate change. Countries in the region have different challenges and vary in their ability to adapt to changing climate and extreme weather conditions. RCCP scientists have explored the use of mapping as a tool for identifying southern Africa’s vulnerability hotspots and its readiness to deal with climate change.
The RCCP team carried out a geographic hotspot analysis of areas where climate change stressors currently have the greatest impact on food security and, to some extent, health. The countries of southern Africa have differing climates and soil and water resources, diverse ecosystems, distinct land use and social systems as well as varied economic strengths and weaknesses.