Adjusting to Climate Change

  • Carlos Lopes


A convincing case for the centrality of climate change in the efforts of Africa’s policymakers is still pending. Climate change is intertwined with a wide range of issues, including the need for African countries to refocus their attention to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. These go hand in hand with combating climate change and its impacts through climate smart agriculture (CSA) and green industrialisation. But climate change is much more than that. It is about changing the economic debate by introducing climate-resilient and climate-efficient solutions for areas as vast as infrastructure, urbanisation, tourism, or energy. Another aspect of the debate on sustainable development hardly covered by the literature on structural transformation of African economies is the sustainable use of water in all its forms, particularly the vast oceans surrounding the continent. Improved agency exercised through negotiations, appropriate policy decisions, and implementation capacity will position Africa to be a key actor for climate solutions way beyond the restricted role of adaptation that it is been confined to.


Sustainable development Climate change Blue economy Resilience Environment Water Forests Smart solutions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Lopes
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  1. 1.Mandela School of Public GovernanceUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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