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EVENT: Future Climate For Africa Launch


While Sub-Saharan Africa is developing rapidly, the region is simultaneously experiencing an increase in vulnerability to weather extremes. It is this concern that will see a gathering of academia, civil society and government officials at the Fifth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-V) at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, where the official launch of the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) programme will take place.

The new jointly DFID and NERC funded five-year programme will respond to the availability of high-quality climate information, which is a crucial foundation for effective climate risk management and adaptation. Since many parts of Africa currently have very weak climate information and services, investment in better climate information can provide an important, cost-effective opportunity to enhance well-being through more effective disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and development.

Central to any rationale for investing in improving climate information (both the fundamental science and decision support tools and products) for various African contexts is to answer the question “How could better climate science, information, and services improve development decision making?” This will be the question leading the high level panel made up of climate scientists, climate services providers and users of climate information.

The discussion will draw on 18 months of research during the FCFA scoping phase, including several case studies across sub-Saharan Africa, political economy analysis, reflection on the current state of climate science for Africa, and FCFA’s ambition to deliver a step change in this regard. The side event format will encourage input from all attendees – acknowledging the significant collective experience that will be present.

CCDA-V will be taking place at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 28 – 30 October 2015

The public launch of FCFA will take place on 28 October at 17:30.

Speakers: 

Dr Fred Semazzi – Director, Climate Modeling laboratory, North Carolina State University

Dr Richard Anyah – Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut

Dr Richard Graham OBE – Climate Applications Development Manager, UK Met Office

Professor Bruce Hewitson – Department of Environmental and Geographical Science Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) University of Cape Town

Dr Chris Jack – Principal Scientific Officer, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science Climate Systems at the University of Cape Town

Dr Babatunde Abiodun – Department of Environmental and Geographical Science Climate Systems at the University of Cape Town

Dr Japhet Kashaigili – Senior lecturer, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania

Dr Aida Diongue Niang – National Meteorological Services of Senegal

Jean-Pierre Roux – Project Manager CDKN, Future Climate For Africa

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