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From global climate narratives to local urban adaptation decisions

Source(s):  Urban Africa Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK)

This briefing note highlights how dominant global climate change narratives and framings frequently do not translate well into local adaptation decision making. It uses examples of flooding in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the framing of limiting warming to 1.5°C as potential challenges to decision-making and climate change messaging at the local level.

Narratives, such as increasing droughts, increasing flooding, and more frequent extreme events, are often not supported by climate science evidence at the local scale. Even if plausible at the local scale, they potentially dominate other more important local scale climate and non-climate risks. Additionally, framings such as the impact of 1.5°C or 2°C global warming are frequently inappropriate and unhelpful in local decision making, despite being powerful drivers of global policy. A more nuanced and locally informed understanding of climate risk and its interplay with non-climate risks is urgently needed, particularly in complex development contexts such as cities.

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  • From global climate narratives to local urban adaptation decisions
  • Publication date 2019
  • Author(s) Jack, Christopher; Pasquini, Lorena; Ziervogel, Gina
  • Number of pages 4 p.

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