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GCRF-AFRICAP/LUCAS knowledge-sharing seminar: Individual adaptation strategies to flooding in a low income urban setting in Nigeria
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 Leeds University Centre for African Studies (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.

Oct 21, 2019 11:00 AM in London

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Dr Pedi Obani
Research fellow @United Nations University-Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)
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. She has extensive experience working in multidisciplinary research teams to assess the impact of laws, policies and other regulatory instruments for the governance of human and natural systems. She has worked extensively on sustainability issues relating to the human rights to water and sanitation, climate change adaptation, and the governance of natural resources in Nigeria. She has also developed a framework for assessing the impact of human rights instruments on social, relational, and ecological inclusiveness and has over 20 peer-reviewed articles to her credit.