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Low-cost adaptation options to support green growth in agriculture, water resources, and coastal zones


Salack,  Seyni
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Sanfo,  Safiétou
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Sidibe,  Moussa
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Daku,  Elidaa K.
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Camara,  Ibrahima
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Dieng,  Mame Diarra Bousso
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Hien,  Koufanou
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Torou,  Bio Mohamadou
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Ogunjobi,  Kehinde O.
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Sangare,  Sheick Ahmed Khalil S. B.
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Kouame,  Konan Raoul
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Koffi,  Yao Bernard
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Liersch,  Stefan
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Savadogo,  Moumini
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Giannini,  Alessandra
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Salack, S., Sanfo, S., Sidibe, M., Daku, E. K., Camara, I., Dieng, M. D. B., Hien, K., Torou, B. M., Ogunjobi, K. O., Sangare, S. A. K. S. B., Kouame, K. R., Koffi, Y. B., Liersch, S., Savadogo, M., Giannini, A. (2022): Low-cost adaptation options to support green growth in agriculture, water resources, and coastal zones. - Scientific Reports, 12, 17898.

Cite as: https://publications.pik-potsdam.de/pubman/item/item_27483
The regional climate as it is now and in the future will put pressure on investments in sub-Saharan Africa in water resource management, fisheries, and other crop and livestock production systems. Changes in oceanic characteristics across the Atlantic Ocean will result in remarkable vulnerability of coastal ecology, littorals, and mangroves in the middle of the twenty-first century and beyond. In line with the countries' objectives of creating a green economy that allows reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved resource efficiency, and prevention of biodiversity loss, we identify the most pressing needs for adaptation and the best adaptation choices that are also clean and affordable. According to empirical data from the field and customized model simulation designs, the cost of these adaptation measures will likely decrease and benefit sustainable green growth in agriculture, water resource management, and coastal ecosystems, as hydroclimatic hazards such as pluviometric and thermal extremes become more common in West Africa. Most of these adaptation options are local and need to be scaled up and operationalized for sustainable development. Governmental sovereign wealth funds, investments from the private sector, and funding from global climate funds can be used to operationalize these adaptation measures. Effective legislation, knowledge transfer, and pertinent collaborations are necessary for their success.