Building resilience in rangelands through a natural resource management model: ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation - strengthening the evidence and informing policy

The Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa has been implementing a Natural Resource Management (NRM) programme that has been contributing towards the restoration of rangelands for several decades. Although contributing to adaptation, the NRM programme is not measuring the impact of its intervention in terms of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). In collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Conservation South Africa (CSA) aimed to test whether soft options of soil erosion control could provide both socio-economic and ecosystem benefits (as improved soil capture and hydrology) that support an EbA approach.