14th NERPS Webinar: The State of Climate Change Research in Africa

27 January 2022 (Thursday 10:00-11:00 AM JST)

Onsite at MIRAI CREA Large Conference Room and Online via Zoom

About the Webinar

For this 14th NERPS webinar, Dr Baninla will elaborate on the state of climate change research in Africa. She will discuss major research themes based on the literature published from 1990 and the thematic evolution of the climate change research over three decades. The number of published articles in this field has progressed through four stages: slow growth, rapid growth, explosive growth, and steady growth. However, the distribution is extremely uneven. Most articles are focused on adaptation while mitigation received limited attention. Countries like Gabon, Libya, Eritrea, Chad, Central African Republic that are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts have so far had no research on climate change, while countries like South Africa, Ethiopia and Ghana have received much attention. Her study indicates how climate change is poorly studied and the existing gap in the consideration of adaptation and mitigation policy designs. Dr Baninla’s talk will also include discussions on how adaptation and peacebuilding objectives can be aligned in some African conflict zones.

Download Dr. Baninla’s presentation here.

About the Speaker

Dr Yvette Baninla is a Cameroonian lecturer at the University of Bamenda, Department of Geology, Mining and Environmental Science. She has a BS degree in Geography from the University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon, an MS in Natural Science, with a focus in Marine Affairs from Xiamen University, China, and a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing, China. She was awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship from 2013-2015 and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) fellowship from 2015-2019. In 2020, she was specially appointed at Hiroshima University’s Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences as an assistant professor. Her research interest is in global and regional patterns of sustainable production and consumption of minerals with a focus on the African context. She examines climate change adaptation and mitigation in Africa and its implications for peace and sustainability.  

About the NERPS Webinar Series

The Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University in Japan is hosting a series of webinars on the relationship between peace and sustainability in the context of environmental, socio-political, economic, and technological transformations. This series is situated within the urgent need to deal with the implications of global change, including the COVID-19 pandemic, for peace and sustainability. The webinar sessions serve as a platform for rethinking and updating the current discourse on peace and sustainability amidst these global challenges and transformations. Leading experts will discuss the role of resources, digital technologies, migration, governance, and education in peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, humanitarian aid, and capacity-building, among other components that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainability Development Goals, particularly that of Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

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