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Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"
Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"

23rd-24th January 2020: Africa 2030 - Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to handle the Challenges of a Changing Environment, Nairobi, Kenya

3rd SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN AFRICA

It is widely known that Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change. As the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown, climate change is expected to have widespread impacts on African societies,  and Africans’ interaction with the natural environment. There are also signs that the impacts of climate change are already being felt, not only in terms of increases in temperature, but also in respect of agriculture (with lower crop yields) and the availability of water resources, among others. The links between climate change and the incidence of diseases  - such as malaria - are also becoming clearer.

It is against this background that the Symposium “3rd SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN AFRICA”  is being organised  by the University of Nairobi (Kenya), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK),  the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP).

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fold faq BACKGROUND

It is widely known that Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change. As the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown,  climate change is expected to have widespread impacts on African societies,  and Africans’ interaction with the natural environment. There are also signs that? the impacts of climate change are already being felt, not only in terms of increases in temperature, but also in respect of agriculture (with lower crop yields) and the availability of water resources, among others. The links between climate change and the incidence of diseases  -such as malaria- are also becoming clearer.

The above state of affairs illustrates the need for a better understanding of how climate change affects African countries, and for the identification of processes, methods and tools which may help African nations to adapt.  There is also a perceived need to showcase successful examples of how to cope with the social, economic and political problems posed by climate change in Africa.

It is against this background that the Symposium “2nd SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN AFRICA”  is being organised  by the University of Nairobi (Kenya), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK),  the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP). 

Under the title ”AFRICA 2030- STREGHTENING THE CAPACITY OF AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO HANDLE THE CHALLENGES OF A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT”, the event will discuss the means via which African nations may foster their resilience and their capacity to adapt, meaning that it will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice in climate change adaptation in African countries, which may be useful or implemented in other countries in the continent. The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, organised in the framework of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, and Agenda 2036 of the African Union, mobilising African and non-African scholars undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in the African continent.

fold faq AIMS

Consistent with the need for more cross-sectoral interactions among the various stakeholders working in the field of climate change adaptation in the African continent, the aims of the Symposium are as follows:

  • I.   to provide research institutions, universities, NGOs and enterprises from Africa and those working in Africa with an opportunity to     display and present their works in the field of climate change adaptation;
  • II.  to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of climate
  • change adaptation projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice across the African
  • continent;
  • III.  to discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects,
  • which aim to show how climate change adaptation may be implemented in practice;
  • IV.  to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for cooperation.


Last but not least, a further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences available today. To this purpose, the "African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation: learning, sharing and advancing efforts to promote climate change adaptation in Africa" will be published, with all accepted papers.

This will be a further volume of the award-winning book series “Climate Change Management”  published by Springer,  which since its creation in 2008 has become the  world´s leading book series on climate change management. The decision of the editors as to which papers may be selected and undergo peer review for the book and for the special issue, is final.

fold faq ORGANISERS

Co-Chairs 

  • Professor Walter Leal, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
  • Professor Nicholas Oguge, University of Nairobi (Kenya) 

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Ibidun O. Adelekan, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Prof. Lydia Adeleke, The Federal University of Technology, Nigeria
  • Prof. Desalegn Ayal, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Professor Boaventura Cuamba, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
  • Prof. Izael Da Silva, Strathmore University, Kenya
  • Prof. Jackson Efitre, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Dr. Hassan M.EI Shaer, Desert Research Foundation, Egypt
  • Dr. John Koku, Central University College, Ghana
  • Professor Pantaleo Munishi, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
  • Professor Justice Nyamangara,  Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe
  • Dr. Adebisi-Adelani Oluyemisi, National Horticultural Research Institute, Nigeria
  • Dr. Gaspard Rwanyiziri,  University of Rwanda, Rwanda
  • Dr Menas Wuta, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

Scientific Support

  • Dr. Jelena Barbir, International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP)
  • Francis Oremo & Desalegn Dawitt, University of Nairobi

Cooperating Organisations

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
  • International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP)
  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
fold faq VENUE

The Symposium will be held on the premises of the University of Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya. Nairobi is one of the major African hubs, with many international connections.

fold faq PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS

Delegates attending the Symposium will come from a cross-sectoral range of areas, from across the African society and the international community. These are: 

  • 1. members of NGOs working with climate change;
  • 2. researchers at universities and research centres;
  • 3. teaching staff at universities;
  • 4. representatives from companies;
  • 5. representatives from UN and national development and aid agencies working with climate change     adaptation in Africa and funding/ executing projects on the ground;
  • 6. project officers and consultants;
  • 7. other people interested in the field.

The participation of African doctoral students is warmly encouraged and supervisors/advisers are kindly requested to facilitate their participation. The sort of international exposure and the rich content of this Symposium will be beneficial to their work and careers.

It is believed that this wide range of participants will help to outline the need for and the usefulness of integrated approaches towards climate change adaptation in Africa and, hence contribute to the further consolidation of this thematic area.

fold faq STRUCTURE OF THE EVENT

The Symposium will be organised in two main strands:

Strand 1: the posters
Participating and organisations will be able to put-up posters describing their works and projects and to distribute the relevant information to the participants. The posters will allow close, one-to-one contacts between the participants and the exhibitors.

Strand 2: the presentations
A set of presentations, divided into six main themes will be organised, distributed over parallel sessions dealing with some of the issues of strategic value in the field of climate change adaptation. These are: 

  • Session 1: Implementing Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas and Communities, Cities, Countries and via Outreach Programmes
  • Session 2: Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience and Hazards (including droughts/floods)
  • Session 3: Climate Change and Agriculture
  • Session 4: Information, Communication, Education and Training on Climate Change 
  • Session 5: Climate Change and Health


A number of cross-cutting issues such as attribution, loss and damage, as well as how climate change adaptation may reduce poverty and improve livelihoods, will also be discussed.

The plenary and parallel sessions, as well as the social events, will provide participants with an outstanding opportunity to interact, network and learn about the latest ideas, projects and practices, mainstreaming climate change adaptation in the African continent.

fold faq TIME-TABLE

The Symposium will be held on 23rd-24th January 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya. The airport of Nairobi is one of Africa´s major hubs, and has many international connections. The schedule is as follows:

THURSDAY 23rd  JANUARY 2020

  • Morning: arrival and registration
  • Plenary Session
  • Parallel Sessions
  • Afternoon
  • Plenary Session
  • Parallel Sessions
  • Evening: Reception and Networking

FRIDAY 24th  JANUARY 2020

  • All day:
  • Plenary Sessions
  • Parallel Sessions
  • 17:00 –Close of the Symposium

In order to ensure an efficient use of the time, delegates are kindly asked to organise their travel in a way that allows them to arrive in Nairobi in the course of Wednesday 22nd January 2020, and travel back on or after the 24th January 2020, so they can fully take part in the Symposium.

fold faq DEADLINES
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30th May 2019
  • Deadline for submission of papers: 20th September 2019
  • Deadline for registrations: 30th November 2019

Since the "African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation: learning, sharing and advancing efforts to promote climate change adaptation in Africa"  is expected to be launched shortly after the event, the deadlines need to be followed.

fold faq FEES AND CHARGES

A discounted fee of  € 250 to non- African delegates and € 200 to African delegates (€ 100 to students), will be charged to those who register until 30th August 2019 (early bird registration). After that,  delegates will need to pay the full fee of €300, € 250 and € 150 respectively. The fee includes lunches and coffee breaks on 23rd-24th January 2020, as well as the evening reception on 23rd January 2020.

This is a self-funded event and the organisers are unable to pay any travel or accommodation costs of any kind. Letters of invitation may be sent to those delegates who have registered and paid their fees only.

fold faq REGISTRATION AND CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

Registrations are now open and are possible until 30th November 2019. Regrettably, logistical limitations mean that registrations after the deadline will not be possible. Since the space for posters and the time for presentations is limited, delegates are advised to register as soon  as possible. The organisers will notify any interested delegate or organisation in case there  are any limitations with time for presentations or space for displays.

Registered delegates will then receive further details on the payment of the fees and updated information on the preparations for the event. The decision as to which papers will be accepted for presentation will be taken by the Chairpersons, following consultation with the organising committee. Participants registering to the event will do so under the condition that they will cover their own travel, accommodation and incidental costs (e.g. visa fees) related to their trip to Nairobi.

This is a self-funded event and the organisers are unable to pay any travel or accommodation costs of any kind. Letters of invitation to enter Kenya can be only be sent to bona fide, registered delegates, who have paid their fees and need a document to show their employers. For cancellations of registrations up to 30 days before the event, a 50% refund may be made. For cancellations after the 22nd December 2019 no refunds will be possible.

fold faq CONTACT POINTS FOR SCIENTIFIC INPUTS, STRATEGIC COOPERATION AND GUIDANCE ON PUBLICATIONS

All questions related to scientific inputs, abstracts and strategic partnerships, as well as the book, should be sent to:

Professor Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt, FSB, FRGS, FLS)
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
E-mail: ICCIRP-Climate Change Management@haw-hamburg.de

and/ or

Professor Nick Oguge
University of Nairobi
Kenya

E-mail: otienoh.oguge(@)gmail.com

fold faq CONFERENCE ADMINISTRATION AND CONTACT POINT FOR FURTHER DETAILS

All questions related to registrations, should be sent to Dr. Jelena Barbir, International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP) at: jelena(@)barbir.com.es

All questions related to options for accommodation and local details should be sent to:

Professor Nick Oguge
University of Nairobi
Kenya

otienoh.oguge(@)gmail.com

fold faq HOW TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT

An abstract should be up to 200 words, it should describe the rationale and aims of the paper, and some of its results. General descriptions of broad contexts should be avoided. The full contact details about the author(s) need to be provided. Abstracts should be written in the third person  and not in the first or second one (e.g. I, me, or my paper). Please see below  a sample abstract. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted, will receive further details about how to submit their full papers, and further logistical information. Please send your abstract to: Dr. Jelena Barbir at: jelena(@)barbir.com.es.

SAMPLE ABSTRACT

Promoting Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Countries: breaking misconceptions and addressing information needs

Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt, FSB, FRGS, FLS)
School of Science and the Environment
Manchester Metropolitan University
Chester Street
Manchester, M1 5GD
United Kingdom
E-mail: info(@)iccip.net

Abstract

The impacts of climate change to natural ecosystems, infra-structure and livelihood, means that the implementation of climate change adaptation strategies in developing countries has become a pressing issue.  Among other factors,  the undertaking of adaptation strategies is made difficult by the general lack of awareness and spread misconceptions about the real impacts of climate change which, in turn,slow down the execution of  the adaptation initiatives needed, and which may ameliorate them.

This paper presents an analysis about the misconceptions related to the implementation of climate change adaptation strategies, and describes the most widespread ones, as well as their implications. A special emphasis is given to the problems and barriers caused by misinformation, which – in turn – prevent the promotion of adaptation initiatives at local level. Finally, some concrete steps which may be taken in order to break the misconceptions and foster a  more  systematic view of adaptation strategies, are outlined. Experiences gathered in this paper will be useful to people and organisations interested in the different levels of responses given to climate changes threats,  and on some of the tools which may be used to encourage  specific action to adapt to changing climate conditions.

Letzte Änderung: 14.03.19

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Contact

Registration issues:
Dr. Jelena Barbir, International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP) 
jelena(@)barbir.com.es

Accommodation and local:
Professor Nick Oguge
University of Nairobi, Kenya
otienoh.oguge(@)gmail.com

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