Climate Change: Hotspots and Collaboration

by Developed Africa 23. May 2014 09:00

 A new study has revealed the regions in Africa that will be most affected by climate change.

Parts of Sudan and Ethiopia, the Central African nations surrounding Lake Victoria and the continent's southwest, including parts of South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe are considered climate change overlap hotspots Müller and his team report.”  

These ‘hotspots’ have been singled out as they have high rates of poverty and population, and therefore the effects of climate change are going to be seen to hit the hardest in these areas. The authors of the study make it clear that this analysis should not b the basis for adaptation plans, but that it could help indicate where best to channel resources.

Elatedly a group has been launched of African and Asian scientists to collaborate on climate change research and adaptation. The Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) was launched at the end of April, funded by Canada’s international development centre as well as the UK’s DfID, the focus of the initiative will be issues common to both areas and to try and find solutions that will work for both as well.

They too will focus on ‘hotspots’ across the two continents namely:

semi-arid regions in Africa and South and Central Asia, major river deltas in Africa and South Asia, and Himalayan river basins.” 

This collaboration is a fantastic way of combining funding to tackle problems that prevail in both continents, saving on work and money, to allow for results that will help a larger area and reach a larger number of people. 

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