A Qualitative Study of Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Policy Integration in Lagos and Delta States of Nigeria

  • Samson Mpueh (Speaker)
  • Haigh, R. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
  • Amaratunga, D. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Coastal–urban areas are faced with numerous challenges of extreme weather conditions including flooding, storm surge, erosion, and sea level rise. Additionally, coastal-urban areas are exposed to risks of physical damage to infrastructures, loss of lives and degradation to the immediate environment. Numerous problems including those mentioned above have resulted in inconsistencies in policy formulation and implementation in Nigeria. However, the integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction strategies at institutional and ministerial levels appear to be non-viable due to the fact that they are often fragmented; these therefore require integrated, cross–ministerial, policy interventions in Nigeria. This study aims to examine multi–state, cross–ministerial, policy integration in addressing climate change and disaster risk related issues in selected states. A comprehensive multiple case study approach conducted in the coastal-urban areas of Nigeria was employed with the units of analysis revolving around the domains of climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and critical aspect of policy integration. It specifically centred on the Southern geo-political zone, which spans across two states (Lagos and Delta) and two key ministries (Health & Social Welfare and Environment & Ecological Management). Qualitative semi-structured interview schedules were developed and administered initially to the categories of stakeholders. Additional numbers were administered inter–ministerially in the selected states for multiple case study. The data collected and analysed assisted in enhancing the units of analysis and gave insights to policy implications. Drawing from the expertise of 17 interviewees and in-depth key informant interviews of 14 government officials, the results from the analysis indicated emerging themes: inter-ministerial collaborations, pandemic preparedness and response, challenges and barriers of integration as well as integrated data information. These were central and common to the states and ministries, and beneficial to overall decision - making process in Nigeria
Period18 Dec 2023
Event titleUnited Kingdom Alliance for Disaster Research Annual Conference 2023: 2030 AND BEYOND: Risk-informed decision making, investment and behaviour
Event typeConference
LocationHuddersfield, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational