Capacity building for climate change risk management in Africa: Encouraging and enabling research for informed decision-making

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East African Institute


Africa is exceptionally vulnerable to adverse impacts of climate variability and change, as clearly stated in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report, which calls upon hundreds of studies portraying the immense differentiation within the continent's sub-regions and sectors, points to significant current and future vulnerabilities in water resources, human health, food production and ecosystems. The United Nations General Assembly reached a similar conclusion following the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The UN emphasized that climate change is undermining the achievement of sustainable development goals, especially in developing countries and to a substantial degree in Africa. In the same context, the UN urged that international priority be given to supporting urgent and ambitious actions in Africa that combat climate change and advance sustainable development.


Environmental Development