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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

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...
Transformations for sustainable development: promoting environmental sustainability in Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 2016
Asia and the Pacific is a dynamic region. Regional megatrends, such as urbanization, economic and trade integration and rising incomes and changing consumption patterns, are transforming its societies and economies while multiplying t...
The implications of land issues for climate resilient informal settlements in Fiji and Papua New Guinea
D. Mitchell / Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK 2016
This research aims to understand the implications of land issues for the climate resilience of informal settlements in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, both of which have more than 80% customary tenure. Findings from the research are...
Vulnerability and risk assessment to support implementation of the Uttarakhand action plan on climate change
Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2013
The Climate Knowledge and Development Network supported a Vulnerability and Risk Assessment process in Uttarakhand to provide the Government of Uttarakhand with the evidence base to refine and prioritise the UAPCC. This was to ...
A case for gender-responsive budgeting in Myanmar
J. Burnley / Oxfam 2016
It is widely recognised that the effects of climate change on water and land resources can disproportionately affect women in development issues. A country’s budget can be a powerful lever for social transformation. A bud...
Gender, agriculture and water insecurity
H. Parker / Overseas Development Institute 2016
El Niño has already had devastating impacts on countries in Africa that primarily rely on agriculture. Drought, loss of livestock and failed harvests push poor households into food stress and result in children being removed fr...
Middle East and North Africa economic update 2010
World Bank Institute, World Bank 2010
In an area heavily invested in the energy sector, changes in approach have both direct and indirect effects on climate. This edition of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional economic update concerns the region recove...
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