Adaptation of urban infrastructure to enhance climate resilience in Nigeria

August 1, 2016

During June 2016, the University of the West of England (UWE) held two stakeholder workshops in Makurdi and Calabar as part of their study on Climate Resilience, a contribution to the Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) programme. The workshops were held in collaboration with teams from University of Ibadan; University of Calabar and Benue State University in Makurdi. Speakers from multiple agencies and organisations contributed to making the workshop discussion lively and informed.

The purpose of the workshops was to raise awareness of the project, engage with the local relevant stakeholders and agencies as well as to enable the refinement of the concepts of resilience for infrastructure in urban Nigeria including the local capacities and vulnerabilities within communities and agencies such as municipal service providers and emergency management structures. 

These two State Capitals face diverse challenges in adapting to the dual pressures of rapid urbanisation in an era of changing climates, existing in different climate zones and with various drivers for economic and urban growth. However both face demands for new infrastructure and infrastructure improvement to meet the increasing needs of local citizens. 

Over 120 participants attended the workshops and most also completed the survey designed to understand the perceptions and priorities of local agencies in planning climate resilient infrastructure and communities. The study is revealing interesting similarities but also differences in the challenges and opportunities for climate adaptation in the two cities.