Africa Climate Conference 2013

Event date: 15 October 2013 - 18 October 2013

Venue: Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC)
City: Arusha
Country: Tanzania
Organisers: World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC)
Website: Africa Climate Conference 2013

Description: The Africa Climate Conference 2013, organized under the auspices of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC), will bring together decision-makers and climate researchers, scientists and practitioners from Africa and around the world, to jointly: 1) identify the state of knowledge on the African climate system, recognizing current gaps in climate knowledge; 2) define and drive an African agenda for future climate research that will inform adaptation decisions out to the mid- to end 21st Century.; 3) develop a framework for mainstreaming climate information into decision making, as well as a network of experts who evaluate and interpret this knowledge for practical applications in areas such as agriculture ad food production, water resources management, climate risk management and adaptation planning, etc.  The expected outcome from the Conference is a set of concrete research proposals to address the critical gaps in our knowledge of the African climate system, led by regional and national institutions and experts, to provide science-based climate knowledge that will inform decision-making out to the mid- to end 21st Century in Africa in the many sectors affected by climate variability and change.

The African Climate System Conference 2013 proposes to narrow the large gap currently existing between African decision-makers and climate researchers and scientists to develop a coordinated research strategy to enhance African climate scientist collaboration in order to push back the knowledge frontiers of African climate, and improve climate science outputs so that they may better inform adaptation decision-making in Africa.

The conference seeks to foster the twin-track approach of researching the use of existing climate information for decision-making, while improving predictability and skill of climate science outputs (ACPC, 2011) by catalyzing activities across the continent for improved and more salient climate science outputs in the near future.

The Conference will precede the Third Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III). The CCDA is one of the key activities of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme. This joint initiative by the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) provides the forum for dialogue and engagement with various stakeholders involved in climate and development in Africa.

Objectives

The overarching goal of the Africa Climate Conference 2013 is to craft an Africa wide agenda on climate research for sustainable development, linked to existing continental policy processes, partners and institutions (regional, national and sub-national) to deliver an Africa agenda on climate research, while addressing global research needs.

  1. Provide a wide international forum to exchange understanding on the current state of knowledge of the African climate and the drivers of African climate variability and change.
  2. Deepen and broaden the consensus, begun at CCDA-II, on the priority knowledge gaps/climate science frontiers that need to be addressed.
  3. Review and assess the state of knowledge on each climate science frontier identified (from the mapping of knowledge gaps in 1), through presentations by leading researchers in each field.
  4. Identify missing links and obstacles that will need to be overcome in order to bridge African climate science and applications.
  5. Develop pan-African climate research program proposals for each critical climate science frontier, for funding submission.
  6. Leverage national, regional and international sources of funding to advance climate research for sustainable development in Africa.
  7. Develop and strengthen the network of climate researchers and practioners working on the African climate system, building on existing national/regional/continental climate research institutions and knowledge hubs.
  8. Create a platform for knowledge sharing, advocacy and consensus building for climate research in Africa to serve sustainable development needs.