The Climate Risk and Vulnerability Handbook for Southern Africa was launched at the Highway Africa Conference on African Media and the Global Sustainability Challenge in October 2011.
Editor Claire Davis explained that the Handbook was structured according to four key questions dealing with observations of past, current and future climate, the likely impacts of such climate changes in key sectors and how countries in the southern African development community could begin to deal with these risks and potential adverse impacts.
In her speech at the event, CSIR principal scientist Dr Emma Archer van Garderen reiterated the fact that climate change is real and happening. "We as climate change scientists now have to move outside our labs and work with communities and the media to develop relevant and effective adaptation measures," she emphasised. "The handbook is a step in that direction, to make the climate change science as accessible as possible."
CSIR/SARVA climate change researchers also engaged with a group of SABC journalists to give them a taste of the science behind the climate change negotiations taking place in Durban this month. Discussions included some of the basics of climate change and its potential impacts in southern Africa.