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African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation

  • Living reference work
  • Open Access
  • © 2020

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  • Presents deep coverage of climate change adaptation in Africa
  • Details evidence from international studies and projects
  • Provides government and non-government bodies with a sound basis to lead and promote climate change adaptation efforts
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

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Table of contents (135 entries)


About this book

This open access book discusses current thinking and presents the main issues and challenges associated with climate change in Africa. It introduces evidences from studies and projects which show how climate change adaptation is being - and may continue to be successfully implemented in African countries. Thanks to its scope and wide range of themes surrounding climate change, the ambition is that this book will be a lead publication on the topic, which may be regularly updated and hence capture further works.

Climate change is a major global challenge. However, some geographical regions are more severly affected than others. One of these regions is the African continent. Due to a combination of unfavourable socio-economic and meteorological conditions, African countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change and its impacts.

The recently released IPCC special report "Global Warming of 1.5º C" outlines the fact that keeping global warming by the level of 1.5º C is possible, but also suggested that an increase by 2º C could lead to crises with crops (agriculture fed by rain could drop by 50% in some African countries by 2020) and livestock production, could damage water supplies and pose an additonal threat to coastal areas. The 5th Assessment Report produced by IPCC predicts that wheat may disappear from Africa by 2080, and that maize— a staple—will fall significantly in southern Africa. Also, arid and semi-arid lands are likely to increase by up to 8%, with severe ramifications for livelihoods, poverty eradication and meeting the SDGs. Pursuing appropriate adaptation strategies is thus vital, in order to address the current and future challenges posed by a changing climate.

It is against this background that the "African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation" is being published. It contains papers prepared by scholars, representatives from social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertakingresearch and/or executing climate change projects in Africa, and working with communities across the African continent. Encompassing over 100 contribtions from across Africa, it is the most comprehensive publication on climate change adaptation in Africa ever produced.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Hochschule Angewandte Wissenschaften, Hamburg, Germany

    Walter Leal Filho

  • University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

    Nicholas Oguge

  • Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Desalegn Ayal

  • Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria

    Lydia Adeleke

  • Strathmore University, Nairibi, Kenya

    Izael da Silva

About the editors

Professor Walter Leal Filho (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DL, DLitt, DEd) is Professor and Head of the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany and holds the Chair of Environment and Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is a Lead Author at AR6´s Working Group II (Climate Change Adaptation) at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), founding editor of the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, and heads the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP). He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Climate Change Management series with Springer. Prof. Walter Leal serves on the editorial board of various journals. He has in excess of 500 publications to his credit, among which are ground-breaking books such as “Universities and Climate Change”, “The Economic, Social and Political Aspects of Climate Change”,the “Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation”, and the “Handbook of Climate Change Resilience”. He has nearly 30 years of field experience on project management, and has a particular interest in the connections between sustainability, climate change adaptation, and human behaviour.

Nicholas Oguge is a Professor at the University of Nairobi, and a board member of the Ecological Society for Eastern Africa (ESEA).

Desalegn Ayal is a Professor at the University of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia. He specialises on aspects of climate change and agriculture.

Lydia Adeleke is a Professor at the Federal University of Akure, Nigeria. He specialises on aspects of climate change and gender, as well as matters related to climate change and livelihoods.

Izael da Silva is a  Professor at Strathmore University and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, at Strathmore University in Kenya.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation

  • Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Nicholas Oguge, Desalegn Ayal, Lydia Adeleke, Izael da Silva

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Earth and Environm. Science, Reference Module Physical and Materials Science, Reference Module Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-42091-8Due: 24 July 2021

  • Number of Pages: 2656

  • Number of Illustrations: 73 b/w illustrations, 537 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Climate Change, Sustainability Management, Environmental and Sustainability Education, Sustainable Development

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