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CLIMATE CROWD NEWSLETTER - February 2019

Climate Crowd is a crowdsourcing initiative that convenes and supports a network of partners to gather data on how climate change is impacting people and nature, and supports on-the-ground projects that help rural communities adapt while reducing pressure on biodiversity.

In the news..

A recent article on phys.org highlights the importance of riparian areas as habitat corridors or "escape routes" for wildlife on the move as climate change causes species' ranges to shift. The article spotlights a study in which researchers from the University of Washington developed a ranking system in order to prioritize riparian areas of highest importance for conservation within a changing climate. 

Climate impacts along the Zambezi

Though critical for wildlife adapting to climate change, habitat areas along the banks of rivers face increased pressure from humans as they too attempt to cope with climate impacts. In southwest Zambia, Climate Crowd interviews indicate that communities are relying more heavily on the Zambezi river to cope with drought and changing seasonality of rainfall. As many local water sources including small streams and ponds have dried up, people are beginning to grow crops along the river banks where water access is easier, and withdrawing more water from the river for household and livestock consumption. 

Learn more by exploring Climate Crowd interviews from Zambia, or by downloading the summary report.

Climate Crowd data collection in Zimbabwe

Climate Crowd partners have just started conducting key informant interviews with communities living in and around the Victoria Falls region in Zimbabwe. This is a key wildlife dispersal area within the KAZA region (Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area). 
Banner photo: © Nikhil Advani / WWF-US; The Mulgave River: © WWF / James Morgan; Ngonye falls. Sioma Ngwezi.© Patrick Bentley / WWF-US; Zambia: © Nikhil Advani / WWF-US
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