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Mainstreaming biodiversity and wildlife management into climate change policy frameworks in selected east and southern African countries

Olga L. Kupika, Godwell Nhamo
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 8, No 3 | a254 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v8i3.254 | © 2016 Olga L. Kupika, Godwell Nhamo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 September 2015 | Published: 08 April 2016

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Olga L. Kupika, Institute of Corporate Citizenship, Exxaro Chair in Business & Climate Change, University of South Africa, South Africa; School of Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe
Godwell Nhamo, Institute of Corporate Citizenship, Exxaro Chair in Business & Climate Change, University of South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

The Rio+20 outcomes document, the Future We Want, enshrines green economy as one of the platforms to attain sustainable development and calls for measures that seek to address climate change and biodiversity management. This paper audits climate change policies from selected east and southern African countries to determine the extent to which climate change legislation mainstreams biodiversity and wildlife management. A scan of international, continental, regional and national climate change policies was conducted to assess whether they include biodiversity and/or wildlife management issues. The key finding is that many climate change policy–related documents, particularly the National Adaptation Programme of Actions (NAPAs), address threats to biodiversity and wildlife resources. However, international policies like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol do not address the matter under deliberation. Regional climate change policies such as the East African Community, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and African Union address biodiversity and/or wildlife issues whilst the Southern African Development Community region does not have a stand-alone policy for climate change. Progressive countries like Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia have recently put in place detailed NAPAs which are mainstream responsive strategies intended to address climate change adaptation in the wildlife sector.

Keywords: mainstreaming, biodiversity, wildlife, climate change policy, east and southern Africa


Keywords

mainstreaming, biodiversity, wildlife, climate change policy, east and southern Africa

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