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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

An overview of current CDM project developments in six Asian countries
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan 2008
These fact sheets provide information about Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project developments in six Asian countries: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand. The sheets include information on domestic Green H...
What are the implications of carbon financing for pro-poor community forestry?
C. Luttrell; K. Schreckenberg; L. Pe / Overseas Development Institute 2008
This paper explores the implications of new financing mechanisms, carbon markets and increased investment in forestry for community forestry. The main focus of the discussion is on ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Fore...
Helping the people of Samoa to adapt to climate change
Red Cross/ Red Crescent Centre on Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness 2006
This briefing paper details how the Samoa Red Cross Society is seeking to reduce the vulnerability of the local community to climate change - weather records show that there has been a steady increase in temperature and a decreas...
Mainstreaming climate change into disaster management: lessons from Vietnam
Red Cross/ Red Crescent Centre on Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness 2007
Vietnam has always suffered from extreme weather events – typhoons; sea surges; heavy rains and drought. As climate change will only aggravate such adverse conditions, the Vietnam Red Cross started a pilot project  in 2003 ...
Poor left to fend for themselves in the new climate change reality
ActionAid International 2006
The UN Millenium summit committed to achieving ‘a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers’ by 2020. However, in Africa – the world’s fastest urbanising region – climate ...
South Asian women speak out on climate change adaptation
T. Mitchell; T. Tanner; K. Lussier / ActionAid International 2007
Women will suffer most from climate change, because they are poorer. They have less access to financial resources, land, education, health and other basic rights than men, and are seldom involved in decision making processes. Women ar...
The implementation of effective REDD policies in developing countries
M. Kanninen; D. Murdiyarso; F. Seymour / Center for International Forestry Research 2007
Global and national policy arenas focused on climate change have identified deforestation and forest degradation as important sources of greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (RE...
Assessing the gains and incentives to invest in new technology in developing countries
C. Hagem / Statistics Norway 2007
The clean development mechanism (CMD) of the Kyoto Protocol may induce technological change in developing countries. As an alternative to the clean development mechanism regime, developing countries may accept a cap on their own emiss...
Are developing countries restricted from clean energy technology?
J.G. Barton; G.E. Osborne / Trade and Environment 2007
This paper explores whether developing countries will face barriers accessing technologies in reducing their emissions of greenhouse gases. Focusing on intellectual property rights (IP), it concentrates on the more scientifically adva...
Governments have to help people adapt to drought and climate change
P. Trench; J. Rowley; M. Diarra / International Institute for Environment and Development 2007
This paper examines vulnerability to droughts in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso against the background of the 2005 food crisis in the Sahel region. The authors argue that vulnerability to droughts is due to a combination of political, e...
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