Climate Change and Urban Vulnerability in Africa (CLUVA)

Although Africa is considered a continent particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, its real impact, particularly on a local scale, is still poorly understood. Prediction of climate change impacts in Africa in the 21st Century are in fact based on Global Circulation models with low resolution and a very broad scale which fail to represent two potentially important drivers of African climate variability, namely the El Niño/Southern Oscillation and land cover change. The task of developing reliable predictions of future climate change in Africa is further complicated by the lack of accurate baseline data on current climate and by the intricacies of climate space and time variations.

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.

Funded by: 
EU Seventh Framework Programme on Environment (ENV.2010.2.1.5-1).
Principal coordinator: 
Dr Sarah Lindley
Lead contact: 
Project timeframe: 
December 2010 - November 2013
School of Environment and Development