Adaptation of urban infrastructure to enhance climate resilience in Nigeria

Funder: DFID under the Urbanisation Research Nigeria Programme

Project Leader: Dr Jessica Lamond, UWE Bristol

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Start date: September 2015

Finish date: Ongoing

Research partners/collaborators

  • ICF International
  • Dr Ibidun Adelekan, Uni Ibadan
  • Prof Bassey Eze, Uni Calabar
  • Dr Fanan Ujoh, Benue State Uni
  • Prof Olarewaju Ifatimehin, Kogi State Uni


This research is conducted as a contribution to Theme “D” of the Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) programme, which is on urban land, planning and governance. The theme seeks to contribute to an enhanced system of urban planning, management and governance in Nigeria. The duration of the programme is 4 years and is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). This research will contribute to the development of guidelines and tools to assist decision making regarding sustainable urban infrastructural development in Nigeria. Specifically, the research will contribute towards reducing and managing the various effects of climate hazards on urban settlements and the people within the context of Nigerian culture.

Nigeria faces various climate related threats which are likely to have enormous impacts on the urban areas and make it harder for Nigeria to achieve her developmental goals. These impacts will be especially significant for cities due to combination of factors including vulnerability of infrastructures to flooding; poor drainage facilitates and water stress and scarcity. Integrating climate change adaptation into urban management plans and policies will be critical in the years ahead. The purpose of the research is to explore the potential to adopt integrated approach to minimise the impacts of climate hazards.

Key Outputs

Lamond, J. and Adelekan, I. Mitigation of climate risks through adaptation and management of urban infrastructure in Nigerian cities. International Conference on Urban Risks (ICUR), 30 June - 2 July 2016 Lisbon, Portugal.

For further information on the project, please contact Dr Jessica Lamond.

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