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Communication incl. Poster: BibTeX citation key:  Flint
Flint, L. 2009. Communities, climate change vulnerability, impacts and adaptation in the Afram Plains region of Ghana. Work presented at Third International AMMA Conference, July 20—24, at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
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Categories: Society-Environment-Climate interactions
Keywords: Adaptation and Mitigation, Water - Energy - Resources
Creators: Flint
Publisher: African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
Collection: Third International AMMA Conference

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Abstract
Climate change is affecting semi arid and sub-tropical belts of Africa in unprecedented ways, mostly in the form of increasing variability and extreme weather events. This makes areas such as the Afram Plains region of Ghana, close to Lake Volta, particularly vulnerable to potentially negative impacts from increasingly vigorous climatic processes. However, vulnerability in Afram Plains as in many regions of Sub-Saharan Africa is the cause of a host of socio-economic and biophysical factors that climate finds it easy to act upon. Hence in order to study and assess vulnerability to climate change it is necessary to consider a socio-ecological system whereby the functionality of the ecosystem is mediated by a mix of human and physical inputs, processes and outputs. Thus to consider climate vulnerability, impacts and the potential for adaptation, one has to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach using participative action research and social learning methods as well as conventional research tools. This study looks at specific climate dynamics and the way communities in Afram Plains region experience and cope with climate change over space and time and the ideas generated in terms of sustainable adaptations to livelihood practices and economic diversification being developed by this vibrant set of communities.
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