Securing Protected Areas in the Face of Global Change: Lessons learned from the South African Cape Floristic Region

31 October 2005 | Downloads - publication

Bastian Bomhard and Guy Midgley
A report by the Ecosystems, Protected Areas and People Project, IUCN ASIA 2005

The Ecosystems, Protected Areas and People Project, supported in part by the UNEP-GEF, has developed a Protected Areas Learning Network (PALNet), to enable organisations responsible for protected area policy and management to share the lessons they are learning in coping with global change factors. One project component is a network of Field Learning Sites.

The South African Cape Floristic Region (CFR) was identified as a Field Learning Site where theoretical and applied science and practical implementation are being combined, with the involvement of appropriate stakeholders, to derive innovative responses to anticipated climate change. This report summarises relevant lessons learned in the CFR and South Africa in general during this process.