Environmental Governance and Climate Change in Africa Legal Perspectives

“This book does not attempt to provide profound solutions to all the challenges
posed by climate change in Africa. Rather, it aims to contribute to the ongoing discussion by investigating certain aspects of climate change and the manner in which these manifest themselves in a selection of African countries. In Chapter 1, Mwebaza investigates the impact of climate change on East Africa – one of the areas to be worst hit by climate Change in Africa. The worst impacts of climate change in this area are projected to be at principally two levels; the human impact and environmental or biodiversity impact. In Chapter 2, Busingye provides an enlightening perspective on the relationship between gender roles, land degradation and climate change in Uganda. The author contends that this relationship is one of cause-and-effect and that a proper understanding of this relationship would enable the creation of mechanisms to address challenges posed by climate change.Part 2 of the monograph focuses on approaches to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change in certain African countries. In Chapter 3,Mwiturubani reflects on the role of informal institutions in enhancing coping mechanisms to deal with the impacts of climate change in the Lake Victoria Basin (LVB). The author states that an IPCC analysis of the impacts of climate change suggests that in sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of the population depends on rain-fed agriculture, economic activities are likely to be more vulnerable to climate change.”