This initiative was inspired by the Early Adaptation Action & Vulnerability Risk Assessment for the Nama Tribe

TRI has established a novel partnership with South African National Parks (SANParks) and the South Africa Research Council (ARC) to scale up, and out, capacity building for climate adaptation in some of South Africa’s oldest and most threatened Indigenous peoples – the Nama living near and in the Richtersveld World Heritage Site and the Khomani San living near the Khomani Cultural Landscape and World Heritage Site adjacent to the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. The Khomani San are the original inhabitants of Southern Africa, but their risk to climate change has not been assessed nor the role protected areas might play in providing climate change adaptation options.

Through this participatory, action-based initiative, we aim to build on existing strengths in the region to inspire local will for climate change adaptation and develop local skills for long-term implementation of adaptation strategies.

By focusing on Indigenous peoples whose livelihoods and culture depend on World Heritage Sites, this initiative builds the long-term capabilities to adapt while protecting biodiversity in protected areas.

Other Initiatives



Scaling out Adaptation Options for Indigenous Communities Adjacent to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and National Parks in Southern Africa
Restoration of Kainai Native Grassland and Traditional Plant Populations
Fire & Ice – The Art of Climate Change Engagement Series
Co-Creating a Climate Resilient Initiative with the Piikani Nation