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

3th - 4th December 2018: Symposium on the Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Victoria, Kampala, Uganda

The „Symposium on the Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Victoria“ is being organised to gather and promote information on climate change initiatives being undertaken by African and non-African organisations and scientists undertaking projects and performing research on climate change in the Lake Victoria Basin.

The experiences from the event will be helpful in COP 24 to be held in Katowice, Poland on 3rd-14th December 2018. At that event, known as "faciltative dialigue", countries are expected to report on progresses since  Paris. This Kampala event will provide a solid basis upon which experiences on climate change mitigation and adaptation on the Lake Victoria Basin can be documented and disseminated to a wide audience. 

The event is not a public one, so participation will be by invitation. Persons and representatives from institutions who feel their work is relevant and an invitation should be sent to them, should contact the organising team with an abstract (see the details on abstracts submission on pages 6 and 7). It should  be emphasised that the „Symposium on the Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Victoria“ is a self-funded event, and no support can be provided towards the travel or accommodation of delegates.

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Lake Victoria  is the second largest fresh water lake in the world, and it is surrounded by three East African States: Kenya (ca.6%),  Tanzania (ca. 52%) and Uganda (ca. 42%). It has a total length of ca. 3.440 km and 240 km wide from East to West, with a maximum depth of 82m.Its surface area is ca. 68.870 km2, with a catchment area –titled Lake Victoria Basin- of ca. 194.000 km2. Indeed, the Lake Victoria Basin, which also involves Burindi and Rwanda,  is one of East Africa’s most prominent landmarks. It not only provides the headwaters of the White Nile but is also central to the development and regional integration of the East Africa Community.

Lake Victoria is under pressure in a variety of ways. For instance, changes in water levels, increased pressures on land for agricultural use due to population growth,  increased demand for water for energy generation and socio-economic development, and the growing trend of moving from rain fed agriculture to irrigation. Added to these problems are those related to climate change such as increases in surface temperature, increasing variability in rainfall patterns, intensive evaporation and changes on the hydrological regime of Lake Victoria and the rivers it is associated with.

Over the past years, a variety of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects have been undertaken across the Lake Victoria Basin. In addition, many investment projects to cope with the problems seen in the region have been performed.  But even though many projects and  practical initiatives on matters related to climate change are taking place across the Lake Victoria Basin today,  there is a paucity of specialist  events where climate change mitigation and adaptation studies and  projects taking place in the Lake Victorial Basin are presented and discussed with an international audience and in an interdisciplinary way.   

It is order to address this need that the „Symposium on the Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Victoria“ is being organised. The event will gather and promote information on climate change initiatives being undertaken by African and non-African organisations and scientists undertaking projects and performing research on climate change in the Lake Victoria Basin.

The experiences from the event will be helpful in COP 24 to be held in Katowice, Poland on 3rd-14th December 2018. At that event, known as "faciltative dialigue", countries are expected to report on progresses since  Paris. This Kampala event will provide a solid basis upon which experiences on climate change mitigation and adaptation on the Lake Victoria Basin can be documented and disseminated to a wide audience.

The event is not a public one, so participation will be by invitation. Persons and representatives from institutions who feel their work is relevant and an invitation should be sent to them, should contact the organising team with an abstract (see the details on abstracts submission on pages 6 and 7). It should  be emphasised that the „Symposium on the Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Victoria“ is a self-funded event, and no support can be provided towards the travel or accommodation of delegates.

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Consistent with the need for more cross-sectoral interactions among the various stakeholders working in the field of climate change adaptation in the Lake Victoria Basin, the aims of the „Symposium on the Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Victoria“ are as follows:

  • i. to provide research institutions, universities, NGOs, funding agencies,  development agencies and enterprises working in the Lake Victoria Basin, with an opportunity to display and present their works in the field of climate change mitigation and 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;
  • iii. to discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects, which aim to show how the principles of climate change adaptation may be implemented in practice in the Lake Victoria Basin;
  • 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 on climate change adaptation available today across the Lake Victoria Basin . To this purpose, the book “Climate Change and the Lake Victoria Basin: Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies and Initiatives” 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.

In addition, a set of papers selected by the coordination team will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management (a fully indexed journal, also at ISI /Thomson Reuters). The decision of the editors as to which papers may be selected -and undergo peer review- for the book and for the special issue of the journal, is final.

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The Symposium „Symposium on the Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Victoria“ is organised in two main strands:

Strand 1. Climate Change Mitigation: including technologies relevant to industry, CO2 emissions control and abatement, climate investments, climate and transport, etc.

Strand 2. Climate Change Adaptation:  including impacts to ecosystems and infra-structure, , specific solutions to sectors such as agriculture, and how to handle extreme events such as droughts and floods, among others.

It is kindly reiterated that papers and presentations have a strictly scientific emphasis. The decision from the organisers as to the nature of the papers to be accepted, is final.

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The schedule of the „Symposium on the Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Victoria“ is as follows:

3rd December 2018

4th December 2018

 

08:30-09:00- Registration

Morning: Plenary and Sessions

Afternoon: Plenary and Sessions

All day: Exhibition and visit to displays

Evening:  Reception

 

All day: Exhibition and visit to displays

Morning: Plenary and Sessions

Afternoon: Plenary

15:00- Final Session and hand over of the Best Paper Awards


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 Kampala in the course of 2nd December 2018, and travel back on or after the 4th December 2018, so they can fully take part in the Symposium.

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  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20th September 2018
  • Deadline for registrations: 30th October 2018


The acceptance of abstracts will be the main criterium for the selection of speakers to make presentations at the event. Authors of those abstracts which have been accepted, will be duly advised and coached for the production of the papers to be submitted to the book “Climate Change in the Lake Victoria Basin: Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies and Initiatives”. Full papers for the book are to be submitted by 30th January 2019.

fold faq Fees

A discounted fee of € 200 (plus 19% VAT) will be charged to invited delegates who register until 30th September 2018 (early bird registration). After that, delegates will need to pay the full fee of €300 (plus 19% VAT). The reduced fee for MSc/PhD students is € 150. The fee includes free lunches and coffee breaks on 3rd and 4th December 2018. Authors contributing to the book “Climate Change and the Lake Victoria Basin: Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies and Initiatives” will have a free electronic copy of the book.

For cancellations up 40 days before the event, a full refund will be provided. For cancellations  of less than 40 days no refunds are provided.

This is a self-funded event and the organisers are unable to pay any travel or accommodation costs of any kind. They are however happy to issue letters of invitation to support delegates who have registered. Uganda´s immigration rules require that letters of invitation to enter the country are only sent to registered delegates. There are no exceptions.

fold faq Co-Chairs
  • Professor Walter Leal, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management”, Germany and Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Dr. Michael S. Mbogga, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda

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  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management”, Germany
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
fold faq International Partners
  • UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
  • UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP)
fold faq Contact point for scientific inputs, strategic cooperation and guidance on publication

All questions related to scientific inputs and strategic partnerships should be sent to:

Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt, FSB, FRGS, FLS)
Professor of Environment and Technology
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
E-mail: w.leal(@)mmu.ac.uk

All questions related to local organisation and invitation letters should be sent to:

Dr. Michael S. Mbogga, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Makerere University
Uganda
E-mail: michael.mbogga(@)gmail.com


All questions related to registrations should be sent to:

Dr. Jelena  Barbir
International Climate Change Information Programme               
E-mail: jelena(@)barbir.com.es

fold faq Submitting 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 a sample abstract in the next page. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted, will receive further details about how to submit their full papers, and further logistical information.

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PLEASE SEND YOUR ABSTRACT EXACTLY WITH THE FORMAT BELOW TO:

Dr. Jelena Barbir
International Climate Change Information Programme
E-mail: jelena(@)barbir.com.es

Promoting Climate Change Adaptation in the Lake Victoria Basin: 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 the countries in the Lake Victorian Basi, especially to their natural ecosystems, infra-structure and the livelihoods which depend on it, means that the implementation of climate change adaptation strategies in the region 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 to Lake Victoria 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 in the Lake Victoria Basin, 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 regional 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 in the Lake Victoria Basin,  and on some of the tools which may be used to encourage  specific action to adapt to changing climate conditions.

Letzte Änderung: 20.06.18

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Contact

Dr. Jelena  Barbir
International Climate Change Information Programme                
jelena(@)barbir.com.es

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