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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.
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.