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Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability in Rural West Africa

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  • Focuses on adaptation to climate change in West Africa

  • Provides theoretical/conceptual insights on risks, adaptation, resilience, and climate change

  • Offers well-founded knowledge on critical aspects of climate change

  • Integrates different aspects of adaptation - practices, determinants, consequences, and policy options

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction to Book

    • Joseph Awetori Yaro, Jan Hesselberg
    Pages 1-6
  3. What’s on the 5th IPCC Report for West Africa?

    • Jens O. Riede, Rafael Posada, Andreas H. Fink, Frank Kaspar
    Pages 7-23
  4. Climate Change over West Africa: Recent Trends and Future Projections

    • Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla, Pinghouinde Michel Nikiema, Peter Gibba, Ibourahima Kebe, Nana Ama Browne Klutse
    Pages 25-40
  5. Seasonal Variability: Impacts, Adaptations and the Sustainability Challenge

    • Joanna Pardoe, Julia Kloos, Noël Perceval Assogba
    Pages 41-57
  6. Climate Change, Local Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation in Ghana

    • Emmanuel K. Derbile, Francis X. Jarawura, Mohammed Y. Dombo
    Pages 83-102
  7. Conclusions: Emerging Issues and Recommendations

    • Jan Hesselberg, Joseph A. Yaro
    Pages 239-244

About this book

This book presents conceptual and empirical discussions of adaptation to climate change/variability in West Africa. Highlighting different countries’ experiences in adaptation by different socio-economic groups and efforts at building their adaptive capacity, it offers readers a holistic understanding of adaptation on the basis of contextual and generic sources of adaptive capacity. 

Focusing on adaptation to climate change/variability is critical because the developmental challenges West Africa faces are increasingly intertwined with its climate history. Today, climate change is a major developmental issue for agrarian rural communities with high percentages of the population earning a living directly or indirectly from the natural environment. This makes them highly vulnerable to climate-driven ecological change, in addition to threats in the broader political economic context. It is imperative that rural people adapt to climate change, but their ability to successfully do so may be limited by competing risks and vulnerabilities. As such, elucidating those vulnerabilities and sources of strength with regard to the adaptive capacities needed to support successful adaptation and avoid maladaptation is critical for future policy formulation. Though the empirical discussion is geographically based on West Africa, its applicability in terms of the processes, structures, needs, strategies, and recommendations for policy transcends the region and provides useful lessons for understanding adaptation broadly in the developing world.

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Agrarian Rural Communities
  • Climate Change
  • Livelihoods
  • Resilience
  • Risks
  • West Africa
  • climate change impacts

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dept. of Geography and Resource Devl., University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

    Joseph A. Yaro

  • Dept. of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

    Jan Hesselberg

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability in Rural West Africa

  • Editors: Joseph A. Yaro, Jan Hesselberg

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31499-0

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-31497-6

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-81052-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-31499-0

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 244

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Environmental Sciences, Climate Sciences, Agriculture

Buying options

eBook
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-31499-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)