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The Impact of Climate Change on Sub-Sahara Africa

Case Studies in Cameroon, Nigeria and Uganda


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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Global climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa: The situation in Karamoja sub-region, Uganda



This document outlines the key elements of global environmental problems, especially those arising from climate change in the semi-arid conditions of Karamoja region in Uganda. Global Environmental Change Research encompasses the interlinked issues of social, economic, political and technological change; their consequences on the land surface and its water systems in the oceans and in the atmosphere; the resultant changes in the climate; and the impact of all the above on biodiversity and human well being. Africa is particularly vulnerable to global change, partly due to its location, and also because of limited capacity to adapt to such unpredictable natural occurrences. Africa has, however, a significant capacity to do global climate change research, but is not reaching its full and necessary potentials in this arena.

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