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The overall objective of the project is to develop methods and knowledge to be applied to African cities to manage climate risks, to reduce vulnerabilities and to improve their coping capacity and resilience towards climate changes. The project will explore the issues of climate change vulnerability, resilience, risk management and adaptation in the following selected cities in Africa with local case study partners.

Selected natural disasters faced by CLUVA partners in Africa (map made by UFZ):

The project will focus on the improvement of the capacity of scientific institutions, local councils and civil society to cope with climate change. We propose to bring together some of EU’s leading climate experts, risk management experts, urban planners and social scientists with their African counterparts in an integrated research effort. The project will conduct prospective studies to assess risks and vulnerabilities of major urban areas in Africa. It will focus on assessing the environmental, social and economic impacts and the risks of climate changed induced hazards likely to affect urban areas at various time frames, floods, sea-level rise, storm surges, droughts, heat waves, desertification, storms and fires. The project will develop and propose innovative climate change risk adaptation strategies to render cities more resilient to possible future climate-change induced hazards and risks with strong interdisciplinary components.

– New downscaled models of climate change
– Hazards as a cascade effect of climate changes
– Innovative approach to vulnerability assessment and disaster reduction
– Innovative multi-risk modelling
– Urban planning and governance
– Knowledge transfer and capacity building
– Merging different approaches