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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WILL IMPACT…

Globally, 2016 was the warmest year on record.

That was followed by 2015 and 2017 respectively.
And now 2018 is on course to reach the same levels as the past four years.

Experts believe temperatures may already have passed levels that human civilization has ever experienced before.

THE OVERBERG

The Overberg, the area at the southernmost tip of Africa, won’t escape this trend. On the contrary, our region can expect warmer temperatures, more winter droughts, and more heavy rainfall in April and September.

According to the Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience (SmartAgri) report, the Overberg is likely to warm by between 1 and 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050.

We can expect more winter droughts, and more heavy rainfall in April and September.

Both the frequency and the intensity of fires will increase – with warmer days making ignition more likely.

These factors will also result in differences in the prevailing fire regime, which could threaten plants and animals, especially the lowland fynbos on the Agulhas Plain. We could see fewer fynbos seeds, and the loss of plant diversity. And of course, the infestation of invasive alien vegetation exacerbates the situation.

These factors will also result in differences in the prevailing fire regime. These in turn could threaten plants and animals, especially the lowland fynbos on the Agulhas Plain. We could see fewer fynbos seeds, and the loss of plant diversity. And of course, the infestation of invasive alien vegetation exacerbates the situation.

That’s where the Greater Overberg Fire Protection Association plays a role – thanks to support from the Global Environment Facility FynbosFire project.

 

This project sought to build capacity within FPAs (including help to resource the goFPA) and communities to undertake integrated fire management.

For the goFPA, our integrated fire management support seeks to address many of these challenges. So the goFPA team actively looks for ways to reduce fuel loads (invasive species that have been cut and left on the ground) on the landscape.

The goFPA also encourages and supports firebreaks (even across properties), And has set up a number of early warning systems, to suppress wildfires – including strong communication between landowners, and with the Overberg District Municipality fire-fighting teams.

The goFPA is also working with partners (like the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative) to remove invasive alien plants – a big fire threat in the Overberg.

But our understanding of the impacts of global warming changes constantly as more studies and research are undertaken.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD

Fire season: Investigations unveil ignitions

Fire investigators have been able to identify alleged fire-starters – both human and other – during the past fire season. The team from Enviro Wildfire Services has investigated most fires in the Overberg between October 2018 and May 2019. Thanks to their information

A devastating fire season – the goFPA counts the costs

The 2018/19 fire season has become known as one of the most overwhelming in the history of the Overberg. While more than 30 wildfires burned during the season, 20 of these were very damaging and very costly. Many of these fires also affected more than one...

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