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Matambo, S.T. and Seely, M. 2013. World Resources Report Case Study. Namibia: Combating Desertification with Tools for Local-Level Decision Making. World Resources Report, Washington DC


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World Resources Report Case Study. Namibia: Combating Desertification with Tools for Local-Level Decision Making.

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Often described as "the land between two deserts," Namibia is the most arid country south of the Sahel. With increasing land degradation, sub-Saharan African developing countries such as Namibia are expected to be hit hard by climate change (Stern,rn2007). The United Nations Development Programme (2010) indicates that "Climate change, including changes in short-term variation, as well as long-term gradual changes in temperature and precipitation, is expected to be an additional stress on rates of land degradation." Agriculture is a major land use in this arid country and is particularly susceptible to the effects of land degradation and climatic variability. Because land degradation is prevalent in rural areas, farming communities living in these areas in Namibia will likely be the ones for whom adaptation to a changing climate is most critical (Dirkx et al., 2008). It is therefore imperative that policy decisions that are made to ameliorate the problem reflect realistic needs at the local level, by promoting local participation and ownership.

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