Adapting to climate change and enhancing resilience

The stakes could not be higher for climate action in Africa – the impacts of climate change will put almost 50 percent of the continent’s GDP at risk by 2023.
· August 6, 2021

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The continent is also expected to experience an average increase in atmospheric temperature of between 1.8 and 4.3˚C by 2080, which is 1.5˚C higher than the global average. As a result, it will likely experience much more significant climate change impacts than elsewhere, which will compound existing socio-economic challenges and vulnerabilities.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of key climate change adaptation issues of relevance to African local governments and offers tangible examples of good practice. 

What to expect?

In lesson 1, we will delve into the differences between global warming, the greenhouse effect and climate change. We will also explore climate change on a global and regional scale.

In lesson 2, we investigate  how climate change impacts will likely affect local governments, the benefits of climate change adaptation and why local governments have a responsibility to address the impacts of climate change head on.

In lesson 3, we discover how nature can be used to support local governments in their climate change adaptation efforts and explore the other benefits we can harness from nature-based solutions.

In lesson 4, we’ll learn about  the global climate policy landscape, see which frameworks and agreements are currently in place and identify global reporting bodies that are available to local governments. 

In lesson 5, we take a closer look at climate change adaptation planning, the steps involved and see how to assess our risks and vulnerabilities to create action plans.

This course was created from a guideline document that was funded by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Sciences association
(WIOMSA), which has been supported through generous funding from the Government of Sweden.

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Course Includes

  • 7 Lessons
  • 17 Topics
  • 4 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate