GCRF-AFRICAP Seminar - Individual adaptation strategies to flooding in a low income urban setting in Nigeria

We are pleased to welcome you to the next GCRF-AFRICAP knowledge-sharing seminar organised jointly with the Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

Guest speaker: Dr Pedi Obani, Research Fellow in the United Nations University - Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)

Chair: Dr Adriaan van Klinken, Director of LUCAS

Overview: Most fast-growing cities across Africa are experiencing the negative impacts of the convergence of urbanisation and climate change. Climate change itself exposes individuals, communities, common goods and infrastructure to flooding, heat, and other extreme weather events in a way that compromises the delivery of basic services and human wellbeing. Very often, the negative impacts are exacerbated by intervening factors such as poverty and the failure of relevant institutions to support effective adaptation and mitigation. This research explores individual adaptation strategies to flooding and assesses their impacts and sustainability in the context of a low-income urban setting in Benin City, Nigeria. It further examines the interplay between urban planning laws and processes, and local adaptation strategies.

Speaker bio: Dr Pedi Obani is a research fellow at the United Nations University-Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA). She is also a research fellow with the Earth Systems Governance project. Her research interests include promoting inclusive development and environmental sustainability, mainly through an analysis of multi-level governance, legal pluralism and the application of transdisciplinary research methodology.

Open to all. For further information, please contact A.vanKlinken@leeds.ac.uk or h.coskeran@leeds.ac.uk.

GCRF-AFRICAP is a major programme to make agriculture and food production in sub-Saharan Africa more productive, sustainable and resilient to climate change.

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