This publication covers a range of disaster risk management (DRM) themes, from community participation in DRM data collection to risk mapping and from urban waste management to hazard accumulation in urban risk traps.
Karonga has a sub-tropical climate which is relatively dry. The rainy season runs from November/December to April the following year, and the dry season from June to October. The temperatures are warmest during October and November (just before the rainy season starts).
Populations and assets, in African cities, small and large, are among the most vulnerable to disaster risk globally. Climate change and demographic shifts add urgency and uncertainty. This paper outlines priorities for research responding to this challenge.
This chapter is a counterpoint to those in the rest of this volume that treat Africa’s large cities. As Simon (Int Dev Plann Rev 36(2):v– xi, 2014) has observed, most study of African urban climate change adaptation has focused on the challenges to large cities.