Institutional responses to climate change adaptation: Flood management at the metropolitan level in Accra, Ghana

Prosper Issahaku Korah, Patrick Brandful Cobbinah

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Abstract

Climate change and associated manifestations are creating significant stress in many parts of the world. Increased climate variability especially altered temperature and rainfall patterns, is predicted to be one of the major factors to aggravate the everyday shocks and stressors facing Africa’s growing poor urban populations. Consequently, responding through climate change adaptation must become a central tenet of effective metropolitan governance. This chapter examines the role institutions play in climate change adaptation in Ghana. Empirical findings from an examination of responses to recent floods in Accra (Ghana) are presented. Institutional factors that affect adaptation capacity at the local level, and factors that serve as barriers or facilitate this capacity, were examined. It is suggested that institutions provide pathways for understanding local responses to climate change and strategies for transformative adaptation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe geography of climate change adaptation in urban Africa
EditorsPatrick Brandful Cobbinah, Michael Addaney
Place of PublicationBasingstoke, United Kingdom
PublisherSpringer
Chapter16
Pages451-478
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9783030048730
ISBN (Print)9783030048723
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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    Korah, P. I., & Cobbinah, P. B. (2019). Institutional responses to climate change adaptation: Flood management at the metropolitan level in Accra, Ghana. In P. B. Cobbinah, & M. Addaney (Eds.), The geography of climate change adaptation in urban Africa (pp. 451-478). Springer.