Climate Change in Africa
A race against time
Uche Duru is a Principal Environmental Specialist in the Compliance and Safeguards Division of the African Development Bank. Within the Bank he has led several strategic initiatives in the thematic areas of environmental risk management, low carbon development, climate finance and adaptation in both private and public sector settings.
Prior to these, he provided advisory on sustainable development policy and practice to multinational companies and the UK Environmental Agency. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree and a Ph.D in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK.
Under the December 2015 global Paris Agreement on climate change, African nations have sent a clear signal of their commitment to achieve climate-resilient and low-carbon development through their pledged Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). However, a significant number of these African INDCs are conditional, hinged on receipt of support in the form of climate finance – those financial flows from developed to developing countries directed toward climate change mitigation and adaptation activities.