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Climate Change Impacts and Responses in the Southern Lowlands of Ethiopia

Abstract: 

Despite the vulnerability of Ethiopia to the impacts of global climate change and weather extremes, and the recognition of this by the Ethiopian government, research-generated knowledge on regional and local impacts of climate change, locally available adaptation and mitigation measures and other community responses are seriously inadequate. Although an enormous amount of resource, time, and energy have gone into reactive disaster response measures, poverty reducing and agricultural production boosting strategies, poverty, food insecurity, and catastrophic environmental hazards such as droughts, floods, diseases and pests remained the major threats to the overwhelming majority of the country's populations and regions. Very little attention has still been given to empirically analyze the root causes of the complex and multifaceted developmental challenges of the country posed by the threat of climate change. In the absence of such empirical research generated knowledge, however, attempts to improve the quality of poor households and bring about development through attaining food self-sufficiency would be unrealistic especially in the hazard-prone areas of the country. This paper is tries to identify major climate change induced-hazards, impacts and local level responses in the southern lowlands of Ethiopia and provide inputs for "climate proof" development interventions and policy formulation

Corporate Author: 
Getnet Alemun & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Publisher: 
Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
ISBN/ISSN: 
978-99944-54-15-0
Primary Descriptors: 

Climate Change

Secondary Descriptor: 

Climate proof development

Geographic Descriptors: 
Ethiopia
Cataloge Date: 
02/27/2013
Broad Subject heading: 
Environment
Call Number: 
330.963 PRO 2010
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
Publication catagory: 
Content type: 
Volume: 
II
Publication date: 
2013-05-27 23:10:00
Forum or Discussion date: 
2013-02-27 15:09:20
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material: 
Book
Current frequency: 
Annualy