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Information for Adaptation and Response to Flooding, Multi-Stakeholder Perspectives in Nigeria

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Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of the West of England, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK
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Department of Geography, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX, UK
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Department of Geography, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
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Department of Geography, University of Calabar, Leopard Town Rd, Leopard Town, Calabar, Nigeria
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Urban Base Consulting, 37 Suez Crescent, Wuse Zone 4, Abuja FCT, Nigeria
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Climate 2019, 7(4), 46; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli7040046
Received: 10 March 2019 / Revised: 25 March 2019 / Accepted: 25 March 2019 / Published: 29 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Services for Local Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa)
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Abstract

Provision of data and information for disaster risk reduction is increasingly important to enable resilience. However, the focus of provision in many African countries is limited to national scale risk assessment and meteorological data. The research aimed to consider the perspectives on availability and access to information of different local urban actors that require reliable and specific information to make informed decisions. The research used workshop discussions and questionnaires to collect views from stakeholders in flood risk management in Nigerian cities about their current access to information and requirements. The results confirmed that stakeholders and communities agree in recognising the importance of climate information. Findings identified issues surrounding communication between agencies, government and technical experts. The role of the media and business in filling the vacuum left by state provision of information was further highlighted, demonstrating the potential for Private Public Partnerships in supporting adaptation and response to flooding. However, significant differences in access between sub-groups were also revealed such that some marginalised groups may be excluded from information. It follows that climate services, data and information provision need to be collaboratively designed in order to be more inclusive, meet user requirements and build community capacity. View Full-Text
Keywords: flood; information; adaptation; response; governance; stakeholders; households; business flood; information; adaptation; response; governance; stakeholders; households; business
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Lamond, J.; Adekola, O.; Adelekan, I.; Eze, B.; Ujoh, F. Information for Adaptation and Response to Flooding, Multi-Stakeholder Perspectives in Nigeria. Climate 2019, 7, 46.

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