Rethinking river resilience: the lower Orange/Gariep river

SOURCE: Social Dynamics
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2022
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S-L.McBride
KEYWORDS: CLIMATE CHANGE, ORANGE RIVER DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9812222
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/19298
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/19298

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Abstract

This article investigates a new dam proposed on the lower Orange/Gariep river at the Vioolsdrift/Noordoewer border between South Africa and Namibia, an arid borderland region vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The proposed dam is employed as both a material object and a boundary concept to contribute to geographical imaginations of this understudied area. By speculatively submerging the concept of resilience in the river, the article revisits the Anthropocene thesis and rethinks resilience theory, revealing a nexus of issues that open questions about the meaning and potential of the term resilience in the context of the climate crisis.