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Adaptation to Climate Change Effects on Water Resources: Understanding Institutional Barriers in Nigeria

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Department of Public Law with Reference to the Law of Environment and Planning, Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus-Senftenberg, 03046 Cottbus, Germany
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Centre for Settlements Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi 00233, Ghana
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Climate 2020, 8(11), 134; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli8110134
Received: 26 August 2020 / Revised: 11 October 2020 / Accepted: 12 October 2020 / Published: 18 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Policy, Governance, and Social Equity)
Climate Change (CC) and variability are global issues that the world has been facing for a long time. Given the recent catastrophic events, such as flooding, erosion, and drought in Nigeria, many have questioned institutions’ capacity in managing CC impacts in Nigeria. This study explores emerging institutional barriers of adaptation to CC effects on water resources in Nigeria. The study data were obtained from in-depth interviews with institutional heads from water resources management and emergency management and a review of secondary literature from databases such as Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science. The results show that inadequate hydrological data management, low awareness on how to adapt among the public and decision-makers, financial constraints, no political will to pass important bills into law, and inadequate institutional and legal framework are the main institutional barriers of adaptation to climate change in Nigeria. The study concludes that it is essential to strengthen the institutional and legal system, information management mechanism, public awareness, and participatory water resources management. The implications for further research are presented in the study. View Full-Text
Keywords: adaptation; climate change; Nigeria; institutional barriers; water management adaptation; climate change; Nigeria; institutional barriers; water management
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Ojo, S.; Mensah, H.; Albrecht, E.; Ibrahim, B. Adaptation to Climate Change Effects on Water Resources: Understanding Institutional Barriers in Nigeria. Climate 2020, 8, 134.

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