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Adaptation in Africa: The Global Failure to Deliver on Funding

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Anderson, Simon; Chandani, Achala
Date: 2008
Agency: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London
Series: IIED Briefing
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/6126
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Region: Africa
Subject(s): climate change
global commons
international relations
vulnerability
Abstract: "Will Africa be steamrollered by climate change? The continent harbours 33 of the Least Developed Countries, is heavily reliant on agriculture and has limited economic resources to finance adaptation. Its geographic position and high sensitivity to climatic variability make it vulnerable. Large swathes of Africa already see more frequent and severe flooding and droughts, shrinking agricultural production, the spread of diseases and the rise of conflict over scarce resources. meanwhile, African governments are poorly equipped to respond. Overcoming these challenges demands concerted international effort – yet a huge gap yawns between the global promises, and timely action on them."

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