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Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa: Synergies with Biodiversity and Forest

Johnson Nkem, Monica Idinoba, Maria Brockhaus, Fobissie Kalame, and Adriaan Tas
Created: 11/02/2008 - Updated: 11/06/2018

Abstract

Forests, and the biodiversity contained within them, play key roles in supporting national economic activities and providing livelihood portfolios for many in Africa. They provide valuable ecosystem services such as climate regulation, hazard protection, water conservation, watershed protection, and also provisioning goods such as fuelwood, foods and nutritional supplements, and medicinal products etc. Forests are therefore at the frontline in moderating climate impacts on Africa by reducing exposure to climate extremes such as heat, drought and floods, and also the sensitivity and adaptive capacity of forest dependent people. Inarguably, forests should play a major role in national development strategies and be the entry point for climate changeadaptation in Africa.

Published On

Monday, November 3, 2008

Keywords

Scale: 
Multilateral / Transboundary
Sector Addressed: 
Development (socioeconomic)
Forestry
Land Use Planning
Wildlife
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Biodiversity
Culture / communities
Erosion
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Governance and Policy
Taxonomic Focus: 
Mammals
Birds
Reptiles
Plants

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