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Urban Vulnerability and Climate Change in Africa

A Multidisciplinary Approach

Series: Future City, Vol. 4

Pauleit, S., Coly, A., Fohlmeister, S., Gasparini, P., Jorgensen, G., Kabisch, S., Kombe, W.J., Lindley, S., Simonis, I., Yeshitela, K. (Eds.)

2015, X, 388 p. 120 illus., 80 illus. in color.

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  • About this book

  • Synthesizes results of the European Commission-funded CLUVA (CLimate Change and Urban Vulnerability in Africa) research project
  • First systematic study of vulnerability of African cities to climate change in an inter- and transdisciplinary approach
  • A novel multi-risk modeling methodology

The book presents results of CLUVA (CLimate Change and Urban Vulnerability in Africa), a large European Commission funded research project (2010-2013). The project aimed to develop a better understanding of the risks and impacts of climate change related hazards to African cities, assess their vulnerability to these risks, and identify innovative strategies for planning and governance to increase their resilience. For the first time, a systematic and groundbreaking study of this kind was applied in an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach. CLUVA was unique in that it combined: a top-down perspective of climate change modeling with a bottom-up perspective of vulnerability assessment; quantitative approaches from engineering sciences and qualitative approaches of the social sciences; a novel multi-risk modeling methodology; strategic approaches to urban and green infrastructure planning with neighborhood perspectives of adaptation.

The book broadly follows the approach taken in the CLUVA project. First, the combined pressures of urbanisation and climate change on the African continent and the potential impacts these will have on cities are illustrated. Then, the vulnerability of three main elements of the urban system is explored: built structures and infrastructures, urban ecosystems and people. Rich material from five case studies is provided for in-depth discussion of the factors that make these elements vulnerable to climate change, while alternatives for increasing their adaptive capacity are outlined. Another section is dedicated to the role of urban planning and governance for climate change adaptation, which is approached from diverse perspectives. Finally, the different dimensions of the CLUVA project are synthesised to develop an outlook on future coping strategies for urbanisation and climate change in African cities. Leading researchers in the fields of vulnerability and urban planning have been invited to contribute complementary chapters. Thus, the book should be of wide interest to scholars in the field of urban vulnerability and climate change.


Content Level » Research

Keywords » Climate Change - Multidisciplinary Approach - Resilience - Urban Planning and Governance - Urban Vulnerability in Africa

Related subjects » Ecology - Geography - Global Change - Climate Change - Natural Hazards

Table of contents 

1 Urbanisation and Climate Change in Africa: Setting the Scene
Angela Di Ruocco, Paolo Gasparini and Guy Weets
2 The Impacts of Climate Change on African Cities
Maurizio Giugni, Ingo Simonis, Edoardo Bucchignani, Paolo Capuano, Francesco De Paola, Francois Engelbrecht, Paola Mercogliano and Maria Elena Topa
3 Vulnerability of Built Environment to Flooding in African Cities
Fatemeh Jalayer, Raffaele De Risi, Alphonce Kyessi, Elinorata Mbuya and Nebyou Yonas
4 Green Infrastructure for Climate Adaptation in African Cities
Sarah J. Lindley, Susannah E. Gill, Gina Cavan, Kumelachew Yeshitela, Alemu Nebebe, Tekle Woldegerima, Deusdedit Kibassa, Riziki Shemdoe, Florian Renner, Katja Buchta, Hany Abo-El-Wafa, Andreas Printz, Fatimatou Sall, Adrien Coly, Ndèye Marème Ndour, Rodrigue A. Feumba, Maurice O. M. Zogning, Emmanuel Tonyé, Youssoufou Ouédraogo, Saïdou Bani Samari and Bakary T. Sankara
5 Small Cities and Towns in Africa: Insights into Adaptation Challenges and Potentials
Ben Wisner, Mark Pelling, Adolfo Mascarenhas, Ailsa Holloway, Babacar Ndong, Papa Faye, Jesse Ribot and David Simon
6 Assessing Social Vulnerability of Households and Communities in Flood Prone Urban Areas
Sigrun Kabisch, Nathalie Jean-Baptiste, Regina John and Wilbard Kombe
7 Multi-Risk Assessment as a Tool for Decision-Making
Alexander Garcia-Aristizabal, Paolo Gasparini and Guido Uhinga
8 USSDM - Urban Spatial Scenario Design Modelling
Andreas Printz, Hany Abo-El-Wafa, Katja Buchta and Stephan Pauleit
9 Multi-level Governance, Resilience to Flood Risks and Coproduction in Urban Africa
Trond Vedeld, Wilbard Kombe, Clara Kweka-Msale, Ndèye Marème Ndour, Adrien Coly and Siri Hellevik
10 Towards Climate Change Resilient Cities in Africa - Initiating Adaptation in Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa
Lise Herslund, Dorthe Hedensted Lund, Gertrud Jørgensen, Patience Mguni, Wilbard Kombe and Kumelachew Yeshitela
11 Fostering Transformative Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in the African City: Opportunities and Constraints of Urban Planning
Susan Parnell
12 The Way Forward: Climate Resilient Cities for Africa’s Future
Sandra Fohlmeister, Stephan Pauleit, Adrien Coly, Hamidou Touré and Kumelachew Yeshitela

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