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Climate risk and vulnerability: a handbook for southern Africa

Southern Africa has existing critical vulnerabilities that may exacerbate the effects of climatic change in most sectors due to the direct dependence on the natural environment for livelihood support. Understanding climatic changes and their possible impacts on society is thus essential in order to improve strategic adaptation response. This handbook aims to provide decision-makers within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with up to date information, appropriate for country planning, on the impacts and risks of climate change. It presents a selection of information, translated to communicate climate change processes, key existing and emerging trends, impacts and the possible measures that could be taken to reduce these impacts.