Climate change, urban settlements and quality of life: The case of the Southern African Development Community region

Climate change, urban settlements and quality of life: The case of the Southern African Development Community region

Author: 
Mupedziswa, Rodreck
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2017
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Responsibility: 
Kubanga, Kefentse Princess, jt. author
Journal Title: 
Development Southern Africa
Source: 
Development Southern Africa, Vol. 34, No. 2, March 2017, pp. 196-209
Abstract: 

Climate change has become a major national, regional and international problem cutting across developed and developing countries alike. Within the developing world, the effects of climate change have been devastating; this has caused enormous human suffering. The Southern African Development Community (SADC), a regional economic block of 15 countries, has been badly ravaged by the vagaries of climate change. The urban areas in particular appear to have been very badly impacted as flooding, drought, pollution and deforestation have become endemic. The impacts of climate change have triggered human suffering of immense magnitude, especially in areas occupied by the marginalised. This article is based on desk research and, using qualitative analysis, examines the impact of climate change on SADC countries, considers initiatives that the regional block has in place in efforts to mitigate the human suffering experienced as a consequence of the negative impact of climate change and, finally, considers a way forward.

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CITATION: Mupedziswa, Rodreck. Climate change, urban settlements and quality of life: The case of the Southern African Development Community region . : Taylor & Francis Group , 2017. Development Southern Africa, Vol. 34, No. 2, March 2017, pp. 196-209 - Available at: http://library.au.int/climate-change-urban-settlements-and-quality-life-case-southern-african-development-community-region