Ruth Butterfield

I am the director of the Stockholm Environment Insititue Oxford Centre. I am interested in how both physical and social systems cope with multiple challenges including climate and climate change. My areas of interest are climate change, agriculture, forestry, social and physical vulnerability, social learning and adaptation decision making.

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Reconciling Water, Energy and Agricultural Sector Demands in Zambia

This project addresses the interconnected water, energy and food development challenges in Zambia at different levels.

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The Buffelsdraai Community Reforestation Project

This project aims to address the environmental risks associated with landfill by increasing urban biodiversity and maintaining natural buffer zones to foster climate change adaptation.

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Tackling Soil Erosion and Improving Lives in South- Eastern Nigeria

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project is aimed at addressing gully erosion in southeastern Nigeria, as well as land degradation in northern Nigeria.

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Off-Grid Power Generation Solutions in the Takoradi Region, Ghana

The WestPark industrial park in Takoradi-Ghana now benefits from ready access to an uncongested deep-water port, a thermal power park and a rail and road network.

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Urban Agriculture: Improved Governance for Resilience in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

This case study focuses on the development of an urban agricultural policy which led to urban farmers helping to steer the decision-making process about the city's urban agricultural management.

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Inspiring Climate Action in African Cities

This paper contains 17 case studies, each providing creative ways that various stakeholders have found to adapt to complex, interwoven climatic and social challenges. 

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Ruth is a member of the following Themes, Networks or Projects

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Climate Finance

This theme focuses on how to ensure that climate finance serves to achieve meaningful, long-term change in economic and social development trajectories, particularly for developing countries.
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ASSAR

This 5-year research project seeks to better understand barriers and enablers to widespread transformative adaptation to advance adaptive livelihoods for vulnerable groups
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AfriCAN Climate

AfriCAN Climate is a project co-funded by the European Commission within the 7th FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME. The project was set up by a team of 5 African and 5 European organisations.
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ACCRA

The Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance programme is made up of Oxfam GB, ODI, Save the Children International, Care International and World Vision International.
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Disasters and Climate Change

Generating knowledge to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) with equitable, sustainable and resilient development, recognizing that development and DRR are interlinked.  
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Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation

Exploring the co-benefits of adaptation and mitigation.
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