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.