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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WILL IMPACT…

Globally, 2015 was the warmest year on record.

 

And 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 Overberg District Municipality’s Disaster Risk Assessment, 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. 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

Unsung Overberg Heroes: Andy Selfe

Andy is the Fire Management Unit leader for a section of the Elgin Valley. And they’ve had a busy fire season – having to fight four fires over the Christmas weekend alone. But no matter the day or time, Andy is usually first on the scene of a wildfire, and last to leave.

Unsung Overberg Heroes: Richard Middelmann

For Richard Middelmann, there’s a certain satisfaction he feels when a wildfire is finally extinguished. That may be because he learned at an early age of the dangers of fire – and its impact on livelihoods. Today, Richard has …

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