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The Impact of Climate Change on Sub-Sahara Africa

Case Studies in Cameroon, Nigeria and Uganda

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Edited By Chukwuemeka Christopher Opara and Bernard Palmer Kfuban Yerima

While global warming and its consequences on humanity are being fiercely debated at the global scale, deliberate and pragmatic reflections on the subject in Sub-Sahara Africa remain muted, though this phenomenon is negatively impacting the livelihoods of her people. The unprecedented degradation of her natural resources, i.e., water, biodiversity, and soils are seen to be intricately linked to her increasing inability to meet the basic needs of her people. This book examines how global climate change impacts on Sub-Sahara Africa, the measures and strategies that would be used in facing it and actions presently implemented in combating it. A pragmatic community/state engagement synergy on climate change mitigation initiatives that rewards best practices is critical to its success. Though investments in research, technical know-how, dedicated commitment and dissemination mechanisms would be inevitable to draw the continent from the precipice, the role of regulatory enforcement mechanisms and a legal framework addressing land use rights permissible within given landscapes is seen to be central to the success of this endeavor.
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Strategies adopted in preserving plant and animal species endangered by climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

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The rate of biodiversity and ecological degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa is alarming due to climate change impacts. The application of farmers’ indigenous knowledge in cover cropping, agro forestry systems, use of botanic gardens, adaptation measures, regenerative agricultural practices, establishment of game and forest reserves, breeding crop and animal varieties that adapt to climate change, setting up of gene banks and building a strong environmental protection and information policy by government in Sub-Saharan Africa will go a long way to combat the impacts of climate change and preserve endangered biodiversity in the ecosystem.

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