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3rd SADC-EU International Scientific Symposium: Towards meeting the challenges of climate change
Institutional structures and best practices in land and water management in Southern Africa

Mulungushi International Conference Centre, Lusaka, Zambia
26 May 2008
Southern African Development Community (SADC) and European Union (EU)

Extended call for abstracts:
- Up to: 14 March 2008

Call for full papers:
- Up to: 18 April 2008

Symposium registration:
- 28 April - 15 May 2008

There is broad scientific consensus that global climatic change is a real problem and that it will significantly alter the hydrological cycle (IPCC, 1996). Climate change has profound effects on the hydrological cycle through altered precipitation, evapotranspiration, and soil moisture patterns while changing land use and land management practices also alter the hydrological system. Climate change has implications for land and water resources and these resources are vulnerable to a wide range of impacts, some of which are already occurring. These include (1) physical effects, such as temperature rise, droughts, floods and sea level rise; (2) biological effects, such as increased disease vectors, shifts in species distribution, and changes in the timing of natural events; and (3) economic and social effects, such as adverse impacts on tourism, infrastructure and resource uses. Resource managers face several challenges in addressing the expressed and potential effects of climate change in their management and planning efforts. Additionally, the enduring changes in climate, water supply and soil moisture could threaten crop production in Southern African region.

The SADC Land and Water Management Applied Research Programme (SADC-LWMP) in the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Directorate (FANR) of the Southern African Development Community Secretariat (SADC) have held annual scientific symposia in the Southern African region for the past two years. The purpose of the annual symposium is to facilitate the sharing and dissemination of research results in Land and Water Management. It provides a platform for researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders to meet and exchange ideas and has become the premier land and water management forum in Southern Africa. Great emphasis is placed on integration of knowledge, particularly involving scholars from the natural and social sciences.

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