Chika Ubaldus Ogbonna BURP (Hons.), MSc.

Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg
Fakultät 5 für Wirtschaft, Recht und Gesellschaft

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Chika Ubaldus Ogbonna is a PhD Candidate at the Chair of Civil Law and Public Law with References to the Law of Europe and the Environment at Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus - Senftenberg.

Mr. Ogbonna holds a Bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Imo State University Owerri, Nigeria and MSc in Environmental and Resources Management from the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. He has worked in the field of sustainable development holding different positions - accomplishing different tasks in different capacities.

Mr. Ogbonna undertook the United Nation's Headquarters graduate internship in fall 2009 where he undertook wide-ranging research responsibilities and contributed substantially to the preparation of the 2010 Report of the Secretary General on progress made towards the achievement of sustainable development. This was accomplished through a review of the implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Action, which integrally involved analysis of the ongoing, economic, social and environmental challenges being faced by the international community, particularly developing countries. He also assisted in providing Secretariat support for the negotiations being undertaken during the UN General Assembly on the resolution which set the parameters for the 20-year High Level Review of Agenda 21, adopted at the Earth Summit in 1992. This UN meeting on Sustainable Development was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2012. He also provided support to several discussions related to climate change organized by the UNDESA New York. This experience also influenced positively to Mr. Ogbonna's choice of PhD study in the area of climate change adaptation.


Adapting the Human Environment to a Changing Climate in Developing Countries: a Case Study of Nigeria's Niger Delta Region


Climate variability and change have become a major environmental challenge facing developing countries in the 21st century. Nigeria is one of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa vulnerable to current and future climatic changes. The Niger Delta Region located in the Atlantic Coast of Southern Nigeria one of the largest delta in the world and the richest part of Nigeria in terms of natural resources for example, large oil and gas deposits and diverse biodiversity. In the context of ever-increasing climatic changes associated with coastal flooding, erosion, altered rainfall patterns, heat waves, raised sea levels and increasing extreme weather events and storms. The human environment - the ecosystem and infrastructure in the region face enormous vulnerability than before. These issues pose further challenges for policy, economy and communities in the region. Adaptation has therefore become necessary to address these changes, to minimize the negative impacts and enhance the resilience of communities, human environment and well-being. My PhD research focuses on understanding the role environmental laws, institutions and policy frameworks play in adaptation to climate change. I am particularly interested in identifying the regulatory, legal and institutional barriers to climate change adaptation and people's perception to climate variability and change in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria.


Climate Change Adaptation, Perceptions, Community, Environmental Assessment, Vulnerability Assessment, Regulatory and Policy Barriers, Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

  • Ogbonna, C. U. (2013): Potentials of Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development in Nigeria: Case Study Area: Imo State, AV Akademikerverlag, ISBN 978-3-639-47069-7.
  • Ogbonna, C. U; Albrecht, Eike (2014) Strategic Environmental Assessment as a Tool to Integrate Climate Change Adaptation: A Perspective for Nigeria, Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Ogbonna, C.U. (2013): Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries: Example of the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria - Springer Verlag Berlin. Forthcoming.
  • Ogbonna, C. U. (2013): Prospects and Challenges of Renewable Energy Use for Sustainable Development: A Case Study from Nigeria - Proceedings of BTU Summer School on Application for Participation in the International DAAD-Summer School on "The Integration of Renewable Energy Technologies into the Decentralized Energy Supply Systems in Developing Countries" publication. Forthcoming
  • Ogbonna, C. U. (2003): Problems of Domestic Solid Waste Management and Disposal in Nigerian Urban Areas ( A case study of Owerri Urban Area) Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Imo State University Owerri Nigeria. Bachelor Thesis

Report of the United Nations Secretary-General (2010): Overview of progress towards sustainable development: a review of the implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. Commission on Sustainable Development Eighteenth session 3rd -14th May 2010. E/CN.18/2010/1. United Nations Headquarters New York.

Qualitative and quantitative empirical social research, case survey on environmental related issues, public and environmental governance, climate change and adaptation strategies, environmental and water resource management, renewable energies and social development goals, urban and regional planning, environmental law, environmental impact assessment (EIA), strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

  • Renewable Energy: As a Catalyst for Economic & Sustainable Development- 2009
  • Climate Policy of Nigeria - 2009
  • Natural Gas in Saudi Arabia and UAE - 2009
  • Gender and Technology - 2008
  • Sustainable Management & Challenges of Lake Fisheries (case study of Volta Lake Ghana) - 2008
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Capacity Building in Developing Countries - 2008