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  • Prof Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost of COH and Harvard School of Public Health Team
  • Prof Codjoe and Canadian High Commissioner
  • Pre COP Climate Festival Group Photo
  • Prof Codjoe and UAPS Council Members
  • Prof Codjoe and IUSSP President Anastasia Gage
  • 2017 Pre COP Climate Festival
  • Trainees at the Willows Impact Evaluation Baseline Survey Training
  • Prof Samuel Agyei-Mensah interacting with Trainees

Population, Environment and Climate Change (PECC)

The environment is the most valuable resource of human population. The population-environment nexus is critical in the current population development debate with the emergence of climate change as a key development indicator. Climate variability and change affect the livelihood of people, the distribution of the population, health and mortality situation of populations. RIPS has over the years contributed to the socio-demographic and health debates related to climate change in the country. This component provides opportunities for students to understand the theories and contemporary issues related to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The primary goal of this specialised area is to look at impact of climate change on human populations. The Climate Change Resource Centre at the Institute continues to provide information on climate change to the research community and the general public and serves as a resource centre that students can fall on to obtain other supporting materials.

The current and future impact of climate change on human population is critical to the cultural and social wellbeing of human beings and the environment as a whole. The discourse on climate change has gone beyond the physical science perspectives to include its social implications. PECC strives to infuse more social variables into existing models by equipping students to understand, assess and estimate the social implications of climate change on human populations. Human population is at the centre of the current discourse of climate change and that is the goal of the PECC Unit - ‘making human population the centre of climate change discourse’. The Unit further assists in promoting policies and research to enable developing country practitioners, not only to adapt to the unfolding change, but also to continue to work to mitigate its likely effects on livelihoods of human populations.