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t is universally accepted that environmental sustainability is a fundamental pillar to human sustainable development. Since the
Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the environmental sustainability cause has taken centre stage in human development
debate. With the aim of achieving sustainability, many treaties, conventions and summits have been signed, convened and held
since then. However, another serious threat to humanity has emerged in climate change. Many countries are vulnerable to
climate change and it is threatening to derail human development at a faster rate than environmental degradation. With general
reference Africa and specific reference to southern Africa, it is the considered view of this paper that sustainable environmental
management can significantly diminish a population?s vulnerability and enhance adaptation to climate change. The previous
decade has witnessed more frequent and severe climatic extremes in the southern African region. Droughts have dominated the
inland areas while floods ravaged the coastal areas. Future projections are that southern Africa will become even drier. For that
reason this paper focuses on vulnerability to drought. Considering the low economic development and high unemployment rates
in the region, especially the rural communities, it will be difficult to rely on the economy to reduce vulnerability. Humanity will,
therefore, naturally look up to the biophysical environment for survival. It is arguable then that if the biophysical environment
is degraded then humanity faces an even greater threat to climate change. In view of this observation, this paper posits that a
sustainable biophysical environment can significantly reduce climate change vulnerability and enhance adaptation for the rural
poor. As such detailed research can establish the role of environmental sustainability in reducing climate change vulnerability and
enhance adaptability in rural poor communities.
Edmore Kori is a Junior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Geo-Information Sciences at the University of Venda in South Africa. He holds
a Master of Environmental Sciences (Cum Laude) from University of Venda. This paper is a part of his Ph.D. research proposal development. This
therefore, seeks input about its research ability, possible focus areas, among others.
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