Collaboration between Chiefs and Local Government Actors in Combating Climate Change: Evidence from New Juaben, Ghana

  • Kwabena Boateng Central University
  • Reuben Tete Larbi
Keywords: Climate change, Mitigation, Adaptation, Chiefs, Local Government Actors


Institutional barriers remain a constraint to efficient adaptation to climate change in many countries. There is therefore much to be desired regarding knowledge on the capacity and roles of local institutions in responding to climate change across sectors and locales. Drawing evidence from randomly selected chiefs and local government actors and purposively selected officials of the Municipal Assembly, we examined how partnership between local government actors and informal institutions such as chieftaincy could enhance coordinated and integrated climate action and adaptation planning in local communities. All interviews were transcribed and analysed in themes generated from deductive codes. Participants demonstrated varied levels of knowledge on the causes and impacts of climate change. We observed the implementation of several unstructured climate change activities in local communities as actors of the two institutions individually and collaboratively implemented some adaptation and mitigation actions. We therefore conclude that when given the right attention by addressing the problems which include financial allocation, low capacity of personnel, and the lack of coordination between units that confront the local institutions, informal institutions and local government actors could spearhead lasting climate change adaptation and mitigation programmes and produce equity and sustainability at the national level.

Author Biography

Reuben Tete Larbi

Reuben Larbi ( is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK. He has a demonstrated experience in population and environment research, particularly in low-income urban communities. Reuben has a PhD in Population Studies from the University of Ghana and is an alumnus of the Fox International Fellowship at Yale University, USA. Reuben currently works on the UKRI funded RECIRCULATE project which seeks to build capacity for Africa’s circular water economy. He has research interest in Water, Sanitation and Health; sustainable livelihoods and urban poverty; resilient cities; and climate change adaptation.