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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

Linked Open Data: The Essentials. The climate knowledge brokering edition
F. Bauer; Martin Kaltenböck / Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership 2016
This  new edition of REEEP’s highly successful manual Linked Open Data: The Essentials offers a solid introduction to Linked Open Data (LOD) principles, with new case studies and updated information on how to make the most o...
Making governance work for water-energy-food nexus approaches
Andrew Scott / Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2017
This new working paper by Andrew Scott of ODI explores the effectiveness of governing for the “water-energy-food nexus” of issues. The author looks at approaches that understand the links between sectors, recognise these in ...
Village savings and loans associations: an approach adapted to the poorest households?
M. Faisant de Champchesnel; C. Fioekou / Solidarités International 2017
To improve preparedness and prevention of drought risks in the agricultural and pastoral communities around Lake Fitri in Chad, Solidarités International implemented a project between 2013 and 2016 that endeavoured to strengthe...
Integrated marine and coastal management in the western Indian Ocean: towards a sustainable oceans economy
R. Chevallier / South African Institute of International Affairs 2017
The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region has valuable and diverse coastal and marine resources, but much of its natural capital is either threatened or declining. The WIO encompasses rich diverse tropical and subtropical areas al...
‘Pudumai’ -Innovation and institutional churning in India’s informal economy: A report from the field
Barbara Harriss-White; Gilbert Rodrigo / OpenDocs 2014
Despite the fact that the informal economy accounts for about two thirds of GDP and 90% of employment in India , the informal economy seems absent from almost all discussions of any kind of low carbon revolution in the country. Does i...
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...
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