The rains are disappointing us: dynamic vulnerability and adaptation to multiple stressors in the Afram Plains, Ghana


General Information:

Author: Westerhoff, L. & Smit, B.

Year of publication: 2008

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Vulnerability assessment

Format of assessment: Scientific article

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: No information

To be carried out by whom: Scientists/researchers

Institutional scale of use: Local/community

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Multiple actors

Details: Local decision makers and other decision makers in adaptation planning

Output: Report


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: North America

Developed by which sector: Science

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Asia

Potential geographic coverage: Ghana, could be adapted to other contexts

Sectors covered: Agriculture, Livelihood sector, Water sector, Financial sector, Biodiversity, Forestry, Fishery

Method used: Other (see details)

Description of methodology: Mapping of exposure sensitivity based on interviews (similar to impact chains)

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Risk components incorporated: Vulnerability

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: All hazards

Source of required data: Primary and secondary

Details: Interviews with community members, focus group discussions, documents on past studies, government reports, climate data

Temporal scale: Current

Participatory elements: Yes

Details: Interviews, focus group

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: Yes

Details: Vulnerability is synthesized through mapping

Adressing uncertainty: No

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts, identification of adaptation options

Details: Based on vulnerability assessments

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Both

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): Partly

Details: Depending on community perception of hazards


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: Yes

Applied by whom: Westerhoff, L. & Smit, B.

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