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Strategies for Building Resilience against Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Osamu Saito
  • Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic
  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi
  • Edwin A. Gyasi
  • Presents holistic and transdisciplinary approach (the Ghana Model) to enhance resilience against climate and ecosystem changes

  • Provides prediction of future climate and agricultural production through change downscaling and crop modelling

  • Introduces integrated community-based resilience assessment and ecosystem-based adaption strategies


Part of the Science for Sustainable Societies book series (SFSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Formulation of ‘Ghana Model’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Osamu Saito, Yaw Agyeman Boafo, Godfred Seidu Jasaw, Effah Kwabena Antwi, Shoyama Kikuko, Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic et al.
      Pages 11-37
  3. Case Studies on Climate and Ecosystem Change Impacts on Agriculture and Livelihood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Alice Bonou, Tobias Wünscher, Anselme Adéniyi Adégbidi, Adama Diaw
      Pages 59-77
    3. Shaibu Abdul-Ganiyu, Nicholas Kyei-Baffour, Wilson Agyei Agyare, Wilson Dogbe
      Pages 93-116
    4. Samuel A. Donkoh, Isaac Gershon Kodwo Ansah, William Adzawla, Bismark Amfo
      Pages 117-133
  4. Case Studies on Ecosystem, Bio-production and Socio-ecological Production Landscapes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Effah Kwabena Antwi, Ruby Mensah, Emmanuel Morgan Attua, Gerald Yiran, John Boakye-Danquah, Richmond Ametepe et al.
      Pages 149-177
  5. Case Studies on Climate Change Adaptation and Coping Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Apuswin Mercy Abarike, Richard Wilfred Nartey Yeboah, Israel Kwame Dzomeku
      Pages 217-235
    3. Subhajyoti Samaddar, Muneta Yokomatsu, Frederick Dayour, Martin Oteng-Ababio, Togbiga Dzivenu, Hirohiko Ishikawa
      Pages 247-264
    4. Effah Kwabena Antwi, John Boakye-Danquah, Kwabena Awere Gyekye, Alex Owusu Barimah, Isaac Botchwey, Richmond Ametepe
      Pages 265-289

About this book


This book summarizes studies on climate and ecosystem change adaptation and resilience in Africa (CECAR-Africa), a collaboration with the goal of creating an integrated resilience enhancement strategy as a potential model for semi-arid regions across Sub-Saharan Africa by combining climate change and ecosystem change research. The case studies were conducted at multiple scales – local, national, and regional – and incorporate the natural sciences, social sciences and engineering in a transdisciplinary manner while also integrating the needs of local communities.

The book chiefly addresses three thematic areas, namely: Forecast and assessment of climate change impacts on agro-ecosystems; Risk assessment of extreme weather hazards and development of adaptive resource management methods; and Implementing capacity development programs for local leaders and practitioners. The collaborative nature of the project and the use of various quantitative and qualitative research techniq

ues and methods – such as field surveys, questionnaires, focus group discussions, land use and cover change analysis, and climate downscaled modeling – make the book truly unique.

Especially at a time when both long-term climate change and short-term extreme weather events such as droughts and floods are worsening, this book offers potential approaches to developing an integrated framework for assessing the local ability to cope with floods and droughts, and for enhancing the resilience of farming communities in developing countries, which are the most vulnerable to these changes and extreme weather events. As such, it will be of interest to a wider audience, including academics, professionals, and government officials alike.


Climate and ecosystems change Adaptation and resilience Risk Assessment Agriculture and livelihood Semi-arid Africa Land and ecosystem management

Editors and affiliations

  • Osamu Saito
    • 1
  • Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic
    • 2
  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi
    • 3
  • Edwin A. Gyasi
    • 4
  1. 1.United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)TokyoJapan
  2. 2.University for Development StudiesTamaleGhana
  3. 3.Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S)The University of Tokyo Institutes for Advanced Study (UTIAS)TokyoJapan
  4. 4.Department of Geography and Resource DevelopmentUniversity of GhanaLegon, AccraGhana

About the editors


Osamu Saito, Ph.D, Academic Director/ Academic Programme Officer, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Tokyo, Japan

Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Ph.D., Director and Project Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo Institutes for Advanced Study (UTIAS), Tokyo, Japan; Chair of the Board of Directors, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Kanagawa, Japan

Edwin A. Gyasi, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Geography, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Agricultural Mechanisation and Irrigation Technology, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana

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