Climate Policy Ambivalence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Autore: Divine Odame Appiah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology & Katie Johnson, ICCG

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) emits few greenhouse gases, yet suffers many adverse impacts of climate change. Various aspects of SSA economies are limited by the effects of climate change, especially the agriculture, energy and biodiversity sectors. Paradoxically, many SSA governments are not acting vigorously enough to ensure the integration of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, which are essential for sustainable development, into their development agendas. Despite some level of commitment, evidenced through the ratification of global environmental and climate agreements, the limited resources for climate change adaptation strategies reinforce the high vulnerability levels of poor SSA countries. To address this deficit, there is a need to integrate climate change into the political, social and economic dimensions of national to sub-regional development. A focus on the harmonization of policies pertaining to priority sectors of the economies is essential for SSA countries in making meaningful progress in addressing climate change.