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Accommodation of climate change in coastal areas of cameroon: selection of household-level protection options

  • Ernest L. MoluaEmail author
Original Article

Abstract

Coastal areas are threatened under climate change because of factors related to vulnerability of society and sensitivity of the environment. Protection and adaptation may mitigate the adverse consequences. This research reviews and assesses the options of protection by homeowners in the coastal zone in the southwest region of Cameroon. The coastal zone of Cameroon is studied because of the observed deleterious effect of recent extreme climatic events. From a research sample of 400 households, the house types and protection strategies - which are of two main types: reactive measures and preventive measures taken to offset adverse effects on property, are studied. A multinomial logit function reveals that income, education, age and gender are significant factors determining household’s probability on the selection of protection measures. The study concludes that there are strong implications for adaptation to future climate change, and the ability of homeowners to extensively respond will have to be reinforced not only by communal and public works projects but also through an active government policy to promote climate change adaptation.

Keywords

Climate change Coastal residents Protection options 

Notes

Acknowledgment

The research leading to this article was funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) under the initiative and coordination of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA). Appreciation goes to the researchers and resource scientists at CEEPA’s Biannual Research Workshops on their comments on earlier drafts of the manuscript. Further appreciation goes to the reviewers. Any flaws this article may contain are the sole responsibility of the author.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and ManagementUniversity of BueaCameroonRepublic of Cameroon

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