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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

Climate data and projections: supporting evidence-based decision-making in the Caribbean
Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2017
Governments in the Caribbean recognise climate variability and change to be the most significant threat to sustainable development in the region. Policies and strategies, such as the regional framework for achieving developmen...
Electricity supply in South Africa: Path dependency or decarbonisation?
G. Montmasson-Clair / Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies, South Africa 2017
Renewable energy technologies have experienced an exponential growth in South Africa, thanks to the procurement of large-scale power plants. However, South Africa’s electricity sector still lacks a level playing field. Significan...
Innovative risk finance solutions – Insights for geothermal power development in Kenya and Ethiopia
Paula Rolffs; J. Richardson; A. Amin / Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2017
Geothermal development is on the rise in many regions of the world. However, the high costs of field development, coupled with the high risks associated with resource exploration and drilling, still pose a significant barrier to ...
Climate impacts on agriculture and tourism – the case for climate resilient investment in the Caribbean
W. Bugler; Olivia Palin / Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2017
For the Caribbean, climate change is not tomorrow’s problem. The threats it poses are neither distant nor abstract – they are already apparent. In recent years, hurricanes have caused major damage in countries such as Jamaic...
Driving, connecting and communicating: The many roles of national government in climate adaptation planning
W. Bugler; Olivia Palin / Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2017
Climate change is one of the most significant challenges to the Caribbean’s future prosperity. The impacts of climate change on economically important sectors such as tourism, agriculture and fishing threaten Caribbean nations...
Africa’s climate: helping decision-makers make sense of climate information
Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2017
African decision-makers need reliable, accessible, and trustworthy information about the continent’s climate, and how this climate might change in future, if they are to plan appropriately to meet the region’s develo...
Zombie energy: climate benefits of ending subsidies to fossil fuel production
Overseas Development Institute 2017
Ending subsidies to fossil fuel production is often a missing piece of comprehensive climate action plans. To implement the 2015 Paris Agreement and keep climate change well below 2oC, the world needs both supply-side policies...
National climate change governance: topic guide
J. Worker / Governance and Social Development Resource Centre 2017
The full brunt of cumulative greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be felt over the years to come but climate change impacts are already here. Fifteen of the 16 warmest years on record (since 1880) have occurred since 2001. At t...
Driving, connecting and communicating: the many roles of national government in climate adaptation planning
Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2017
Climate change is one of the most significant challenges to the Caribbean’s future prosperity. The impacts of climate change on economically important sectors such as tourism, agriculture and fishing threaten Caribbean na...
Climate impacts on agriculture and tourism: the case for climate resilient investment in the Caribbean
Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2017
For the Caribbean, climate change is not tomorrow’s problem. The threats it poses are neither distant nor abstract – they are already apparent. In recent years, hurricanes have caused major damage in countries such a...
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