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Toward Citizen-Led Planning for Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Ghana: Hints from Japanese ‘Machizukuri’ Activities

  • Seth Asare Okyere
  • Stephen Kofi Diko
  • Matthew Abunyewah
  • Michihiro Kita
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Abstract

This chapter draws lessons from Japanese machizukuri activities, which represent one of the most dynamic opportunities for participatory climate change adaptation in Africa. This chapter adopts a literature-based exploratory and dialectical approach to examine community’s role in climate change adaptation. It highlights the challenges and recent consensus on citizens’ role in climate change adaptation. Within this context, the chapter discusses Japanese machizukuri activities as providing ‘the how’ of promoting and strengthening community participation in climate change adaptation in urban Ghana. Findings indicate an existing potential for participatory planning in climate change adaptation in urban Ghana. However, to confront climate change impacts, there is the need for greater collaborative planning through networking, exploiting social capital, and integrating intangible sociocultural factors into urban climate adaptation planning.

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Abbreviations

IPCC

Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change

UNFCC

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

NPO

Non Profit Organisation

DAD

District Assembly

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seth Asare Okyere
    • 1
  • Stephen Kofi Diko
    • 2
  • Matthew Abunyewah
    • 3
  • Michihiro Kita
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of EngineeringOsaka UniversityOsakaJapan
  2. 2.University of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA
  3. 3.School of Engineering and Built EnvironmentUniversity of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia

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