Adaptation strategies for mitigating impacts of climate and ecosystem changes on developing societies
Coping with global climate and ecosystem changes requires developing countries with weak socioeconomic and resource management regimes to devise adaptation strategies. The project “Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: an Integrated Approach”
aims to develop integrated strategies to build a management base that is resilient to the changes and maintains certain socioeconomic and resource levels. Based on the research on climate change events, ecosystems, and governance in the underveloped, semi-arid northern Ghana, the project suggests that effective adaptation strategies involve addressing the issues of rural development as well as floods and droughts risk management along flat plains and the Black Volta River. These should in turn, alleviate the economic disparity between the north and the rapidly growing southern Ghana.
The project investigates climate and ecosystem changes on major crops through field survey and modelling, assesses impacts of the changes on agriculture and rural development and local capacity to cope with flooding and droughts. The research process further leads to development of integrated strategies that enhance resilience of farming communities in northern Ghana to climate and ecosystem changes and eminent disasters. These strategies will eventually crystallalize into the "Ghana Model", which will be applicable to semi-arid regions across Africa.
Abstracts due: 15 May, 2014
Conference registration opens: 1 April, 2014
Outcome notified: 30 May, 2014
Extended abstract* (about 1,000 words): 30 June, 2014
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