Climate Change Vulnerability, Impact, and Adaptation in the Lowland and Wetland Areas of Delta State, Nigeria

Project Abstract

Climate change has huge implications for Nigeria and for the rest of the world. This project will enhance knowledge of the key drivers of climate change by creating the Niger Delta regional climate change information and data system. The system will contribute to long-term research and policy on adaptation by vulnerable primary producers in the region.

How climate change will affect Nigeria's economy
The UK's Department for International Development commissioned a 2009 study that found that Nigeria will lose an estimated 10% to 30% of its GDP by 2050 because of climate change. The report also found that more than US$3 million in income was lost to climate change or related events in the Niger Delta region over 30 years. Women are the most vulnerable.

Greater insight needed into vulnerability
Existing literature holds little understanding about the Niger Delta region's vulnerability to climate change and the strategies for adoption. The biggest problem is inadequate information and data.

Collaborative research to address the gaps
This project is a collaborative research effort between two Think Tank Initiative grantees: the Centre for Population and Environmental Development and the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa. They will work with two Nigerian NGOs: the Intervention Council for Women in Africa and the Community Projects Against Poverty.

The study will help both TTI grantees design appropriate management strategies for the impact of climate change. It will also provide additional scientific data to help us better understand the extent of past, current, and future climate variability and change in the Niger Delta region.

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Start Date

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

End Date

Thursday, October 9, 2014


6 months

IDRC Officer

Sanogo, Diakalia

Total funding

CA$ 233,200


Nigeria, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Niger


Think Tank Initiative

Project Leader

Prof. Andrew G. Onokerhoraye


Centre for Population and Environmental Development

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