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Simple Scaled Climate Projections & Their Potential Implications for Jijiga, Ethiopia

Authors: Sarah Opitz-Stapleton; Lea Sabbag

The purpose of this project is to understand and analyze the degree to which the city of Jijiga, Ethiopia is prepared to receive expected climate change impacts. One of the fastest growing cities in the Somali region, Jijiga currently faces a number of critical developments and ecosystem management challenges that impact the lives and livelihoods of its citizens. Changes in precipitation, temperature, and other climate conditions as a result of climate change have the potential to severely and negatively affect specific populations and the ecosystems they rely on unless different development pathways are chosen that build Ethiopia’s resilience to a variety of future challenges, not just climate change. Jijiga’s ability to adapt to forthcoming climate impacts will depend, to a great extent, on the understanding of current climate patterns and future projections. Such awareness will hopefully lead to the creation of an informed adaptation plan where institutions, systems, and people will understand their vulnerabilities and take action towards building resilience to future climate shocks, including the ability to receive a large number of climate migrants in upcoming years.


Citation: Opitz-Stapleton, S., & Sabbag, L. (2013). Simple scaled climate projections and their potential implications for Jijiga, Ethiopia. Boulder, CO: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International.

Funded By: Mercy Corps