Urban planning and climate change in Ghana

Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, Michael Osei Asibey, Marcia Opoku-Gyamfi, Charles Peprah

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    Urban planning is commonly blamed for its failure to exert a positive influence on managing climate change impacts in urban Africa; yet little is known about planning agencies' perspectives on climate change-urban planning conundrum, and corresponding policy responses. It is in response to this gap, this paper explores agency perspectives and policy responses on the possibility and procedure for harnessing urban planning as a tool for managing climate change impacts in a Ghanaian city of Kumasi. Using a review of three relevant urban planning and climate change policies of Ghana, and interviews with six urban planning and climate-related agencies in Kumasi, findings indicate a demonstration of an unclear nature of policies, and a lack of focus on climate change issues in urban planning. Evidence of weak agency framework and coordination challenges (e.g., logistics, enforcement of laws) were reported, a situation that has contributed to the city's inability to manage ‘normal’ climate change impacts (e.g., flash floods). The paper concludes with proposals for incorporating climate change concerns into urban planning in Ghana.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)261-271
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Urban Management
    Issue number2
    Early online date13 Mar 2019
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


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