African countries are considered to be among the most vulnerable to climate change due to the high interaction of African societies with the natural environment. Furthermore, the effects of climate change are not only felt in terms of temperature increase, but also in the availability of water resources and the effects on the fields, among others.
On January 23rd-24th, IDOM participated in the two-days Symposium “Africa 2030 – Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to handle the Challenges of a Changing Environment”, organized by the University of Nairobi, the Manchester Metropolitan University, the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP). This event, hosted by the University of Nairobi, focused on the adaptation of African countries to climate change, through cross-sectoral interactions between the various stakeholders working on the field. The contributions to this Symposium will be shortly published as a part of the «African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation: learning, sharing and advancing efforts to promote climate change adaptation in Africa«.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- To network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for cooperation
During these two days, parallel sessions were held here covering different climate change topics: climate information and adaptation frameworks, climate change adaptation, capacity and gender, climate services, interdisciplinary approaches to climate change adaptation, agriculture… In particular, IDOM participated in the Climate Change Management session with its contribution to ‘Climate Resilience in the WASH sector in Mozambique’.