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Regional focus: Africa's response to climate risks
The dome of a mosque under construction
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Over March, 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

World GHG emissions flow chart (2012)
Ecofys 2016
A quarter of the global GHG emissions comes from coal combustion. This is evident from an updated version of a flow chart showing the global greenhouse gas emissions. The flow chart shows, from beginning to end, where greenhouse gases...
National adaptation plans: Technical guidelines for the national adaptation plan process
UNFCCC National Adaptation Programme of Action 2012
Adaptation to climate change is becoming a routine and necessary component of planning at all levels. At its seventeenth session, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...
Status report on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) 2016
Michelle Bosquet / Ecofys 2016
Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) have continued to show steady growth in proposals over the past six months, while financing remains limited and implementation lags behind. This is one of the findings of the NAMA Stat...
The triple dividend of resilience: Investing in disaster risk management in an uncertain climate
T.K.J. McDermott / World Bank Publications 2016
Accounting for climate uncertainty is likely to shift the optimal balance of disaster risk management strategies toward more flexible, low-regret type interventions, especially those that seek to promote "development first" or "risk-c...
Cultivating climate resilience: the Shea value chain
Overseas Development Institute 2016
The economy of Burkina Faso remains relatively undiversified and is strongly driven by the climate-sensitive agriculture sector. Burkinabe agriculture is known to be mostly extensive and not highly productive. Major physical constrain...
Integrating mitigation and adaptation in climate and land use policies in Indonesia: a policy document analysis
2015
This paper investigates climate policy integration and coherence in the forest and agricultural sectors in Indonesia. It assesses the extent to which climate change policies show coherence? between mitigation and adaptation objectives...
Local biomass burning is a dominant cause of the observed precipitation reduction in southern Africa
Ø. Hodnebrog / Nature Communications 2016
Observations indicate a precipitation decline over large parts of southern Africa since the 1950s. Concurrently, atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases and aerosols have increased due to anthropogenic activities. Here we show ...
The AIIB and investment in action on climate change
D. Nassiry; S. Nakhooda / Overseas Development Institute 2016
This working paper from the ODI suggests Asian countries are emerging as leaders in clean energy with new business models that meet the needs of poor people within poor countries. Countries in the region are also highly vulnerable to ...
Strengthening the food systems governance evidence base: Supporting commensurability of research through a systematic review of methods
A. Delaney; P. Tamás / Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research 2016
This document is a sytematic review of food systems governance indicators. It was undertaken by the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR)’s Research Programme on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Sec...
Who drives climate-relevant policies in the Rising Powers?
H. Schmitz / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
The future of human life on our planet is influenced increasingly by what goes on in the rising powers. This report presents a political economy analysis of their policies, comparing China, India, Brazil and South Africa. The i...
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