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Climate change, urban vulnerability and development in Saint-Louis and Bobo-Dioulasso : learning from across two West African cities.

Silver, Jonathan and McEwan, Cheryl and Petrella, Laura and Baguian, Hamidou (2013) 'Climate change, urban vulnerability and development in Saint-Louis and Bobo-Dioulasso : learning from across two West African cities.', Local environment., 18 (6). pp. 663-77.


Climate change processes pose significant challenges to development in cities across West Africa. These processes shape and mediate urban vulnerability across urban areas and hinder wider development efforts across these cities. This paper reviews these emerging perspectives within the context of UN-Habitat's work in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso and Saint-Louis, Senegal. It argues that policy-makers and researchers need to engage with issues of climate change and development at an urban scale and across “ordinary cities” through exploring the range of vulnerabilities inherent in each city. Specifically, the paper illustrates the diversities and similarities of climate change processes that exist across these two medium sized, or ordinary West African cities, the intersections with existing economic profiles and potential impacts and the emerging urban governance responses to these issues. It demonstrates the need to move beyond constructions of an archetypal “West African” city, and illustrates the emerging work by UN-Habitat and local partners in developing localised knowledges about urban vulnerabilities and the multiple and divergent ways in which these issues are beginning to be addressed.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Climate change, Urban, Vulnerability, West African cities, Adaptation.
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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability on 25/07/2013, available online at:
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Date deposited:04 June 2014
Date of first online publication:July 2013
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