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Africa's Stance on COP 16: A United Front and a Dose of Pessimism

"African countries will be presenting a united front at the COP 16 negotiations in Cancun, Mexico. Key negotiating points will focus on making progress in a few main areas, including technology transfer, capacity building for adaptation, and secu...

Municipal Responses to Climate Change in South Africa: The case of eThekwini, the City of Cape Town, and the City of Johannesburg

"This study assesses the extent of progress made in institutionalising climate change policy responses within three metropolitan municipalities in South Africa – Cape Town, eThekwini (Durban) and Johannesburg. By focusing on the progress in some o...

The Consequences of Inaction: Climate Change and the Challenges for Rural and Agrarian Policy in Africa

"This paper seeks to lay out the nature of the challenges facing not only communities but also policy makers across the continent, as a result of climate change and its associated environmental consequences. The paper is largely descriptive, as it...

The Triple Crisis and the Global Aid Architecture

"The global economy is passing through a period of profound change. The immediate concern is with the financial crisis, originating in the North. The South is affected via lower commodity prices, reduced private financial flows, and falling remitt...

Climate Change and Conflict: Lessons for Conflict Resolution from the Southern Sahel of Sudan

"Using a human security perspective, this report identifies and analyses local and international non-governmental organisation (NGO) interventions in cases of conflicts related to the environment and environmental change in the southern Sahel of...

Climate change and conflict: Conflict-sensitive Climate Change Adaptation in Africa

"In preparation for COP17 (17th Conference of the Parties) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) in Durban, held a two-day expert seminar t...

Carbon Trading in Africa A Critical Review

"This monograph presents a critical review of carbon trading in Africa. It comprises a compendium of essays by an expert group of authors, each analysing key issues from a corruption and governance perspective. The chapters include a discussion ...

Placing African Fisheries on the COP 17 Agenda

"Climate change is set to have far-reaching ecological and economic consequences for the African continent and globally. Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change, not only as a consequence of resource and technology cons...

COP 17: What Role for South Africa as an Agent of Change?

"South Africa, in partnership with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will play a key role in managing the 17th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 17) intergovernmental negotiations from 28 November to 5 December 2011....

Climate Risk Management through Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

"Empirical evidence has shown that farmers can adapt to climate change by using sustainable land and water management (SLWM) practices that provide local mitigation benefits, reducing or offsetting the negative effects of climate change at the lev...

Hits and Misses in Mozambiques's Climate Change Action Plans

"The creation of Mozambique’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) embraced a bottom-up process lauded for its inclusiveness. For most Africa countries, the NAPA process has resulted in contextually relevant plans that are plagued by sl...

Links Between Climate Change, Conflict and Governance in Africa

"This paper reviews the linkages between climate change, governance and security threats in Africa, and analyses the response of the international community in formulating climate change policies to ensure future security and prevent conflict. It ...

The Governance of Climate Finance in Africa, Asia and Latin America : Some Critical Reflections

"The context for this briefing paper is a civil society meeting hosted by the Corruption and Governance Programme of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Cape Town in September 2010. Experts based in Africa, Asia and Latin America prese...

Impacts of Considering Climate Variability on Investment Decisions in Ethiopia

"Extreme interannual variability of precipitation within Ethiopia is not uncommon, inducing droughts or floods and often creating serious repercussions on agricultural and nonagricultural commodities. An agro-economic model, including mean climat...

A Typology for Vulnerability and Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

"This paper considers vulnerability reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) from a more aggregated macro viewpoint. We focus on risk related to agriculture, since vulnerability and agriculture are intimately linked in SSA due to the location of the...

Vulnerability and the Impact of Climate Change in South Africa’s Limpopo River Basin

"This paper uses farmers’ responses to exogenous weather shocks in South Africa’s Limpopo River Basin to gauge how farmers are apt to respond to future climate change-induced shocks, in particular drought. Droughts are expected to increase in bot...

Analyzing the Determinants of Farmers’ Choice of Adaptation Methods and Perceptions of Climate Change in the Nile Basin of Ethiopia

"This study identifies the major methods used by farmers to adapt to climate change in the Nile Basin of Ethiopia, the factors that affect their choice of method, and the barriers to adaptation. The methods identified include use of different cro...

Climate Change and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

"The ninth African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) senior policy seminar, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in March 2007, identified the impact of climate change on economic development in Africa as a top priority for further policy-oriented researc...

Climate Change and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa AERC Senior Policy Seminar X

"Climate change was chosen as the topic for the tenth Senior Policy Seminar to be convened by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). The theme is a major departure for the Consortium, but the policy connection compels AERC’s involvement...

Life at the Crossroads: How Climate Change Threatens the Existence of the Maasai

"Climate change is exacerbating poverty among the Maasai of Kenya and adversely affecting their livelihoods. Climate change induced droughts and floods have resulted in increased competition for scarce resources, loss of herds and forced migration...

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