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Regional focus: Africa's response to climate risks
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The Eldis Climate Change Resource guide is showcasing regional content from Africa, Asia and Latin America. This week we focus on Africa.

We know that Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change and evidence from the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) shows that 'climate change is expected to have widespread impacts on African society and Africans’ interaction with the natural environment.

Links to a previous blog by Dr. Johnson Nkem, from the African Climate Policy Centre, Eldis climate change country profiles, and regionally focused research readings have been pulled together to feature how Africa is responding to climate stresses and shocks.

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Latest Documents

Livelihood vulnerability and adaptation in Kolar District, Karnataka, India: Mapping risks and responses
Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions 2016
During March and April 2016, ASSAR India’s researchers from the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) conducted 18 Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) in nine villages in Kolar District, Karnataka. The FGDs were gender-differe...
Key findings from ASSAR's Regional Diagnostic Study and initial research: Sangamner Sub-Region, Maharashtra
Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions 2016
The five-year (2014-2018) Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project uses insights from multi-scale, interdisciplinary work to inform and transform climate adaptation policy and practice in ways that promote the long-ter...
Key findings from ASSAR's Regional Diagnostic Study and initial research: Moyar Bhavani sub-region, Tamil Nadu
Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions 2016
The five-year (2014-2018) Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project uses insights from multi-scale, interdisciplinary work to inform and transform climate adaptation policy and practice in ways that promote the long-ter...
Key findings from ASSAR's Regional Diagnostic Study and initial research: Bangalore sub-region, Karnataka
Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions 2016
The five-year (2014-2018) Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project uses insights from multi-scale, interdisciplinary work to inform and transform climate adaptation policy and practice in ways that promote the long-ter...
Planning for climate change in the semi-arid regions of India
Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions 2016
Although slightly variable across study sites, the SARs of India have experienced accelerated warming trends between 1971 and 2007. Mean daily temperatures have increased marginally faster than the national average (0.02  oC/year...
South Asia Regional Diagnostic Study
Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions 2016
India faces a dynamic climatic and non-climatic risk profile. These climatic and non-climatic risks, separately and in interaction, make people and systems highly vulnerable. Key vulnerabilities and risks are found to be deeply embedd...
Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Semi-Arid Regions of India
Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions 2016
India and the sub-regions face a dynamic climatic and non-climatic risk profile. These climatic and non-climatic risks, separately and in interaction, make people and systems highly vulnerable. Key vulnerabilities and risks are found ...
Water, Megacities and global change: portraits of 15 emblematic cities of the world
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization 2016
Numerous studies have explored urban growth and the emergence of the megapolitan phenomenon through increasing growth in the number of cities with over 10 million inhabitants. Similarly, the processes of climate change are also the su...
Adaptation to climate change in Bangladesh
I. Delaporte; M. Maurel / Fondation pour les études et recherches sur le développement international / Foundation for International Development Study and Research 2016
Climate change is expected to disproportionately affect agriculture; however, there is limited information on smallholder farmers ‘ overall vulnerability and adaptation needs. This paper estimates the impact of climatic shocks on...
Agriculture and adaptation to climate change: the role of wildlife ranching in South Africa
J. Otieno; E. Muchapondwa / Economic Research Southern Africa 2016
In the arid and semi-arid areas of Africa, some of the most common land uses remain in pastoralism or in some cases commercial livestock ranching. Agricultural activities in these areas especially beef production is known to be highly...
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