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Africa’s urban adaptation transition under a 1.5° climate

Pelling, Mark; Leck, Hayley; Pasquini, Lorena; Ajibade, Idowu; Osuteye, Emanuel; Parnell, Susan; Lwasa, Shuaib; Johnson, Cassidy; Fraser, Arabella; Barcena, Alejandro and Boubacar, Soumana (2018). Africa’s urban adaptation transition under a 1.5° climate. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 31 pp. 10–15.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2017.11.005
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Abstract

For cities in sub-Saharan Africa a 1.5°C increase in global temperature will bring forward the urgency of meeting basic needs in sanitation, drinking water and land-tenure, and underlying governance weaknesses. The challenges of climate sensitive management are exacerbated by rapid population growth, deep and persistent poverty, a trend for resolving risk through relocation (often forced), and emerging new risks, often multi-hazard, for example heat stroke made worse by air pollution. Orienting risk management towards a developmental agenda can help. Transition is constrained by fragmented governance, donor priorities and inadequate monitoring of hazards, vulnerability and impacts. Opportunities arise where data and forecasting is present and through multi-level governance where civil society collaborates with city government.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 Elsevier
ISSN: 1877-3443
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Transformation and Resilience on Urban CoastsNE/L008971/1Belmont Forum
Urban Africa: Risk KnowledgeES/L008777/1UK Department for International Development and Economic and Social Research Council
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: International Development & Inclusive Innovation
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 52976
Depositing User: Arabella Fraser
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2018 10:23
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:51
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/52976
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