LUNCHUP: Patrick Cobbinah, "Climate Change Adaptation in Africa's Urban Planning Context"
Assistant Professor of Land Use and Environmental Planning - College of Art and Built Environment, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Although climate change is a global phenomenon, it is geographically and locally different in terms of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. Dr. Cobbinah will present insights from his yet to be published book (co-authored with Dr. Michael Addaney and to be published by Palgrave Macmillan and Springer in January 2019) that appreciates these local differences in the context of urban planning, and develop insights into climate change adaptation responses, across different sectors and cities in Africa. African cities today experience diverse but significant challenges due to, inter alia, climate change impacts which continue to threaten critical infrastructure systems, biodiversity, and residents’ livelihoods. Understanding different adaptation responses to climate change across different geographical locales in Africa is fundamental for planning and management purposes. Dr. Cobbinah's talk will illustrate how African cities can move beyond adaptation to build resilience, in the context of global sustainable development goals.
These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what’s going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship.
A light lunch is included, please bring a drink.