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Risk and Adaptation in (African) Cities

  • Both water scarcity and flood risk are increasingly turning into safety concerns for many urban dwellers and, consequently, become increasingly politicised. This development involves a reconfiguration of the academic land- scape around urban risk, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change research. This paper is a literature assessment of concepts on disaster risk, vulnerability and adaptation and their applicability to the context of studying water in an African city. An overview on water-related risk in African cities is presented and concepts and respective disciplinary backgrounds reviewed. Recent debates that have emerged from the application of risk, vulnerability and adaptation concepts in research and policy practice are presented. Finally the applicability of these concepts as well as the relevance and implications of recent debates for studying water in African cities is discussed. ‘Riskscape’ is proposed as a conceptual frame for close and integrated analysis of water related risk in an African city.

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Author:Fanny Frick-Trzebitzky
Parent Title (English):WaterPower Working Paper
Series (Volume no.):WaterPower Working Paper Series (2)
Document Type:Working Paper
Date of completion:2019/11/28
Publishing institution:Universität Trier
Corporative Author:Governance and Sustainability Lab
Release Date:2019/12/20
GND Keyword:Afrika; Hochwasser; Risikoanalyse; Stadt; Wassermangel
Number of pages:27
Institutes:Fachbereich 6
Licence (German):License LogoCC BY-NC-ND: Creative-Commons-Lizenz 4.0 International

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