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24 November 2014

New CCAPS Course Modules Explore the Effects of Climate Change on Development and Urban Environments in Africa

Two new course modules from researchers with the Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program seek to understand how climate change will impact two important sectors: urban environments and development aid.

How will climate change affect people living in African cities? Robert Wilson explores this question in CCAPS Course Module No. 4. The answer to this complex question has two interrelated dimensions: the scope of future climate change and resulting changes in population exposures to weather-related hazards, and the degree of vulnerability of urban populations to these hazards. By assessing the intersections of climate change, hazards, and vulnerability, one can better understand the projected effects of climate change and weather-related hazards on growing urban populations in Africa. Following this understanding of the challenge, analysts can explore the policy implications for African governments considering adaptation strategies to address these potential hazards.

What do we know about the impact of climate change on development goals? In CCAPS Course Module No. 5, Catherine Weaver provides course material and resources exploring why aid for adaptation and mitigation is important for addressing climate change vulnerability in Africa. The module covers climate funding for adaptation and mitigation programs, and how climate-related activities within development aid programs are identified and tracked.

Designed for use in military and civilian education institutions, CCAPS course modules provide background material, scenarios, and questions on issues related to climate change and national security, national disaster response, and the impacts of climate change. The CCAPS program is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense's Minerva Initiative, a university-based, social science research program focused on areas of strategic importance to national security policy. 

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