Institutional Responses to Climate Change Adaptation: Flood Management at the Metropolitan Level in Accra, Ghana

  • Prosper Issahaku KorahEmail author
  • Patrick Brandful Cobbinah


Climate change and associated manifestations are creating significant stress in many parts of the world. Increased climate variability especially altered temperature and rainfall patterns, is predicted to be one of the major factors to aggravate the everyday shocks and stressors facing Africa’s growing poor urban populations. Consequently, responding through climate change adaptation must become a central tenet of effective metropolitan governance. This chapter examines the role institutions play in climate change adaptation in Ghana. Empirical findings from an examination of responses to recent floods in Accra (Ghana) are presented. Institutional factors that affect adaptation capacity at the local level, and factors that serve as barriers or facilitate this capacity, were examined. It is suggested that institutions provide pathways for understanding local responses to climate change and strategies for transformative adaptation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Prosper Issahaku Korah
    • 1
    Email author
  • Patrick Brandful Cobbinah
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Cities Research Institute and School of Environment & ScienceGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  2. 2.Department of PlanningKwame Nkrumah University of Science and TechnologyKumasiGhana
  3. 3.Institute for Land, Water and SocietyCharles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia

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