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The African Technopolitan Vol 3 July 2015

This issue of the African Technopolitan addresses issues on economic and sustainable development in "Africa's last best chance for development"; "Getting Africa ready for the 'digital' SDGs";and "'Smart city' approaches to sustainable development"...

Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in the Development Process in Uganda

This paper has reviewed the potential impacts of climate change on Uganda and illustrated possible adaptation measures taking into consideration social, economic and environmental trends and sources of vulnerability. Agriculture remains the back...

Climate Change: An African Response

"Most Africans depend directly on agriculture and natural resources for their livelihood, and yet these livelihoods are threatened by the most important atmospheric phenomena in sub-Saharan Africa, which is climate change. Ironically, and relative...

Climate Change and Bioenergy Report: Case Studies of Oyola and Wekesi Villages, Nyando District, Nyanza Province, Kenya

The significance of bioenergy has of necessity been elevated both nationally and internationally, since it is also a means of alleviating the impact of global warming through efficient energy utilization; and is potentially an ecologically friend...

Mapping Climate Vulnerability and Poverty in Africa

"The overall aims of DFID’s new research programme on climate change and development in sub-Saharan Africa are to improve the ability of poor people to be more resilient to current climate variability as well as to the risks associated with longe...

Energy and Adaptation: Exploring how Energy Access can Enable Climate Change Adaptation

It is widely recognized that it is the poorest people who will be hit first and hardest by the impacts of climate change. Climate variability and change, as well as an increasing frequency and intensity of extreme events, will have substantial imp...

Towards a National Biodiversity Conservation Framework Key Findings and Policy Recommendations

"The conservation of biological diversity is emerging as one of the gravest global challenges of the 21st Century. The rapid expansion of human population, coupled with burgeoning development and rising consumption, has caused a biodiversity cr...

Sustainable Biofuels: Crops and Access in Developing Countries

Biofuel production in developing countries can be instrumental in poverty reduction but can also marginalise the rural poor. The rise in biofuel production sparked a debate over the threat that energy security poses to food security. This paper lo...

The Role of Earth and Environmental Sciences in Peace Development in Africa

Africa has a history of ethnic conflict, resource and trans-boundary conflict and human security is threatened by climate change. The focus of this brief is how earth and environmental sciences can influence peace development by looking at 3 theme...

Diversification of Livelihood as Adaptation to Climate Change by Local Communities

This policy brief looks at two case studies to highlight climate change issues. These case studies address the challenges of climate change through livelihood diversification. Communities in the past have adapted to climate change through observat...

Building the Capacity of Grassroots Networks to Enhance their Understanding of Climate Change Policy Processes: Lessons from Capacity Strengthening in the Least Developed Countries for Adaptation to Climate Change

The objectives of this study are twofold. On the one hand it is attempting to demonstrate the importance of capacity building in Civil Society Organisations with regard to understanding climate change policy processes. CSO's can reach a large numb...

Oyola and Wakesi in Kenya: Locals Adapting to Effects of Climate Change

Adaptation has become part of the discourse of global warming and is now widely recognized as a fundamental and necessary response to the threat posed by the climatic changes that will occur, or are already occurring due to past and present carbon...

Lived Experiences: Adaptation to Climate Change in Gogonyo Sub-County, Palisa District, Uganda

"Climate change has become a local phenomenon just as it is global. The magnitude of climate variability is now being felt at almost all scales and in all regions with extreme events such as drought, excessive rainfall, cold and heat waves as well...

Communities and Climate Change: Building Local Capacity for Adaptation in Goromonzi District, Munyawiri Ward, Zimbabwe

"This paper begins with a background to the study area in Domboshava. This is followed by an examination of the climate change -related problems experienced by poor and vulnerable communities in Munyawiri Ward, their adaptive responses to these c...

Farmers Moving Towards Resilience Suid Bokkeveld Case Study on Climate Change Adaptation, South Africa

This case study describes some aspects of development processes underway in the Suid Bokkeveld in recent years, and focuses on the adaptive aspects. The Suid Bokkeveld was a pilot site for this project, and the on-going adaptation processes wit...

Exploring the Agency of Africa in Climate Change Negotiations: The Case of REDD+

"Emerging climate change regimes such as the mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) are increasingly aiming to engage developing countries such as those in Africa in sustainable development through carbo...

Policy Coherences between Global Climate Change Rules and National Sectoral Policies: The Case of REDD+ in Kenya

"The aim of this paper is to analyse the implementation of global REDD+ rules within Kenyan policies and identify sources of coherences and conflicts between REDD+ design rules and existing sectorial policies and local socioeconomic settings. Th...

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions as a Means to Strengthening Africa's Engagement in International Climate Negotiations

"Countries will meet in Paris to conclude the 2015 Global Climate Agreement (GCA). In a departure from previous attempts, such as the Kyoto Protocol, where climate targets were ‘prescribed’, countries will be submitting their self-determined clim...

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions as a Means to Strengthening Africa's Engagement in International Climate Negotiations

"Countries will be meeting in Paris, France in December 2015 to agree on a new global climate ‘protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force’ to go into effect in the year 20201. This will be a culmination of negotiation...

Mapping Climate Vulnerability and Poverty in Africa

The world’s climate is continuing to change at rates that are projected to be unprecedented in recent human history. The impacts of climate change are likely to be considerable in tropical regions. Developing countries are generally considered mor...

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