Lessons for Adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Johnson Nkem, Richard Munang, Bubu Pateh Jallow
Created: 10/31/2011 -


From the Foreword:

Sub-Saharan Africa has been clearly identified to be at the frontline of the most vulnerable regions requiring urgent assistance in addressing climate change challenges in terms of sufficiently funded adaptation programmes and projects at multiple scales and time frames. There has certainly been convergence on the need for strong adaptation frameworks to address the concerns of vulnerable countries in Africa. The successful implementation of any framework requires that every option towards a solution needs to be explored, especially if it offers multiple opportunities and provides cost effectiveness. Unfortunately, what have been lacking are the options on the types of adaptation actions to be implemented. Using flexible targeted approaches may help to identify the types of actions that need to be implemented. This will be a first step towards ensuring timely and realistic adaptation across the Sub-Saharan African region.

CC DARE Lessons for Adaptation show in a myriad of ways, from community based programmes to government programmes and entrepreneurial endeavours, how concrete demonstration actions can provide solutions that can move countries and communities in Sub-Saharan Africa towards low carbon and climate resilient development. When an action delivers solutions with multiple benefits and beneficiaries ranging from reducing environmental impacts to engineering a transition to greener economic growth, this can be embraced by other countries.

The various lessons learnt highlighted in this document are highly relevant in contributing to decision-making processes using concrete examples of success stories. There are no reasons for further delays in reducing climate vulnerabilities using concrete adaptation actions, on adaptation as the price is too costly to endure by present and future generation. By highlighting the opportunities that comes with adaptation, CC DARE Lessons for Adaptation provides the right ingredient to spur us into bigger actions with greater policy attention.

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Adaptation Phase
Sharing Lessons
Sector Addressed
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Reduce non-climate stressors
Capacity Building
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Initiate targeted research program
Provide new job training for people whose livelihoods are threatened by climate change
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Create/enhance resources and tools
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Governance and Policy
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Culture / communities
Growing season
Sociopolitical Setting