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

7th - 8th March 2019: Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in the Middle East and North Africa Region, Rabat, Morocco

Similar to what is seen in other parts of the world, there are clear signs of the impacts of climate change the Middle East and North African region (MENA). The MENA region, which hosts a variety of ecosystems, already shows the signs of damages to the climate balance due to human-induced climate change.According to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), climate variability and extreme events have been affecting the MENA region in a variety of ways. Apart from increases in temperatures, trends such as erratic rainfalls and extended droughts have been negatively affecting agriculture and livestock production, leading to property losses and threatening livelihoods.

It is against this background that the “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA REGION” is being organized.

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fold faq BACKGROUND

Similar to what is seen in other parts of the world, there are clear signs of the impacts of climate change the Middle East and North African region (MENA). The MENA region, which hosts a variety of ecosystems, already shows the signs of damages to the climate balance due to human-induced climate change.
According to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), climate variability and extreme events have been affecting the MENA region in a variety of ways. Apart from increases in temperatures, trends such as erratic rainfalls and extended droughts have been negatively affecting agriculture and livestock production, leading to property losses and threatening livelihoods.

The above state of affairs illustrates the need for a better understanding of how climate change affects the MENA region, and for the identification of processes, methods and tools which may help the countries and the communities in the region 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 the Middle East, and examples of initiatives leading to an increase resilience.

It is against this background that the “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA REGION” is being organized by:

  • the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany),
  • Manchester Metropolitan University (UK),
  • the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP),
  • the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung´s Regional Program on Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (KAS-REMENA).

The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in countries in the MENA region.

The “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA REGION” will focus on “Accelerating Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in the MENA region, meaning that it will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster climate change adaptation among countries in the region, which may be useful or implemented elsewhere.

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 Arab region, the aims of the  “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA REGION” are as follows:

  • i.  to provide research institutions, universities, NGOs, government agencies and enterprises from countries in the Middle Eastern region 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 region;
  • 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 book “Climate Change Adaptation in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Case Studies and Best Practice" 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 is final.

fold faq ORGANISERS
  • Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)  International Climate Change Information and Research Programm
  • International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP)
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung´s Regional Program on Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (KAS-REMENA).
fold faq COOPERATING ORGANISATIONS
  • Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
  • The Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC)
  • United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
  • Desert Research Centre, Egypt (DRF)
  • Mediterranean Climate House Foundation (MCHF), Morocco
  • NABU – The Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, Germany
  • Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change (MedECC)
  • Climate Change Competence Centre (C4), Morocco
fold faq CHAIRS OF THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
  • Professor Walter Leal, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
  • Daniela Diegelmann, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Regional Program on Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (KAS-REMENA).
fold faq MEMBERS OF THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
  • Dr. Amr Abdel Megeed,  Regional Programme Manager, CEDARE, Egypt
  • Prof. Mohamed Messouli, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco
  • Prof. Driss Nachite, Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Tetouan, Morocco
  • Dr. Jauad El Kharraz, Head of Research, The Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), Oman
  • Prof. Manfred Lange, Director, Future Earth MENA Regional Center (FEMREC), The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
  • Prof. Lahcen Taiqui,  Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco
  • Dr. Hassan M. El Shaer, Desert Research Center, Egypt
  • Prof. Chafic-Toumas Salame, Lebanese University, Lebanon
  • Prof. Youba Sokona, The Sahara and Sahel Observatory, Tunisia
  • Prof. Issam Srour, The American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Prof. Waleed Zubari, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain
  • Franziska Fabritius, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Regional Program on Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (KAS-REMENA). 
fold faq ORGANISING COMMITTEE
  • Dr. Jelena Barbir, International Climate Change Information Programme
  • Mr. Hamza Saidi, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Regional Program on Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (KAS-REMENA).
fold faq PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS

Delegates attending the “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA REGION” will come from a cross-sectoral range of areas. 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 private sector;
  • 5. representatives from UN and national development and aid agencies working with climate change adaptation and funding/ executing projects on the ground;
  • 6. members of social movements;
  • 7. project officers and consultants;
  • 8. anyone interested in the topic.

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 Middle Eastern countries and hence contribute to the further consolidation of this thematic area.

fold faq STRUCTURE OF THE EVENT

The “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA REGION” will be organised in two main strands:

Strand 1: the poster displays
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, hence facilitating networking amongst participants.

Strand 2: the presentations
A set of presentations, divided into five 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:

  • Climate Change Adaptation in Light of the Paris Agreement
  • Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience
  • Climate Change and Energy
  • Low Emission Climate Resilient Strategies 
  • Climate Change & Community-based Adaptation
  • Impacts of Climate Change on Rural and Urban Communities 
  • Climate Change Adaptation Technologies
  • Education, Training and Awareness
  • Monitoring, Early Warning Systems and Adaptation
  • Crisis/Risk Management and Adaptation
  • Water-Energy-Food Nexus
  • Climate Change and Migration
  • Climate Change as Security Challenge
  • Young leaders / future generations / Startups and their role in the fight against climate change
  • Private sector / Climate Finance
  • Climate Insurance

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 MENA region.

fold faq VENUE AND TIME-TABLE

The “SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE MIDLE EAST REGION” will be held on 7th-8th March 2019 in Rabat, which is one of the major cities in Morocco: Rabat is easily reached by many international connections. The schedule is as follows:

DAY 1 - 7th March 2019 

  • Morning: Registration and set-up of displays, Plenary and Sessions
  • Afternoon: Plenary and Sessions
  • Evening: Informal get-together of participants for informal chats and Networking

DAY 2 - 8th March 2019

  • All day: Exhibition and visit to displays
  • Morning: Plenary and Sessions
  • Afternoon: Plenary and Sessions
  • 1700: Conclusion 

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 the course of 6th March 2019, and travel back on or after 9th March 2019, so they can fully take part in the Symposium.

fold faq DEADLINES
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30th November 2018
  • Deadline for registrations: 30th January 2019
  • Deadline for submission of papers: 30th March 2019

Invitations for presentations will be issued based on the acceptance of the abstracts. This gives presenters enough time to prepare their papers and submit them by the end of March 2019.

Since the conference book is expected to be launched in the summer of 2019, the deadlines need to be followed.

fold faq FEES AND CHARGES

A discounted fee of € 200 (professionals) or € 100 (for students), will be charged to those who register until 30th December 2018 (early bird registration). After that, delegates will need to pay the full fee of € 350 and € 150 respectively. The fee includes lunches and coffee breaks on 7th-8th March 2019, as well as the evening reception on 7th March 2019. Furthermore, the fee includes an on-line copy of the book  “Climate Change Adaptation in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Case Studies and Best Practice", to be made available to the participants who contributed to it.

Organisations or individuals not able to pay this fee should contact the Secretariat so that it may be reduced in special cases. Interested people and organisations are encouraged to register by completing the application form 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 to request funding for their participation.

fold faq REGISTRATION AND CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

Registrations are now open and are possible until the 30th January 2019. Since the space for displays 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 Morocco.

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 Morocco can 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 45 days before the event, a 50% refund may be made. For cancellations afterwards, no refunds will be possible.

fold faq CONTACT POINTS

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

Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt, FSB, FRGS, FLS)
Professor of Environment and Technology
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
E-mail: info(@)iccip.net

and/ or

Daniela Diegelmann
Head of Regional Program on Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (KAS-REMENA)
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
E-mail: info.remena(@)kas.de

All questions related to abstracts and registrations should be sent to:

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

All questions related to local affairs, logistics and invitations to enter Morocco should be sent to:

Mr. Hamza Saidi
Project Coordinator, Regional Program on Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (KAS-REMENA)
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
E-mail: info.remena(@)kas.de

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: 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, infrastructure 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: 24.10.18

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International Climate Change Information Programme

jelena@barbir.com.es

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