Climate Change in Africa
A race against time
Dr. Balgis Osman-Elasha is Climate Change Expert at the Compliance and Safe Guards Division, leading the Bank’s initiative to monitor and evaluate the climate change related actions and investments as well as the Bank’s engagement with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process. Since 2002, she has served as a leading member in the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She has a PhD in Forestry Science and is the winner of the UNEP Prize Champion of the Earth, 2008.
Africa is highly vulnerable to the impacts of long term climate variability and extreme events. It is increasingly facing multiple stresses that will be magnified by climate change leading to a complex set of problems. Moreover, many countries have high levels of poverty, aggravated by land degradation and desertification especially in arid and semi-arid areas, resource-based conflicts, migration and rapid urbanization.