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NEWS: CDKN at the African Climate Risks Conference

CDKN will be attending the African Climate Risks Conference from 7-9 October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The main focus of CDKN’s engagement will be the IPCC Special Reports on Climate Change and Land, and Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

Side events

CDKN will be hosting two side events on Wednesday 9th October, one for each Special Report.

The first session, IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Oceans and the Cryosphere: Presentation and policy response, will be at 11.00-13.00. In this seminar, IPCC Coordinating Lead Author James Kairo will present the Special Report’s headline findings on Sea Level Rise and Implications for Low Lying Islands, Coasts and Communities and Changing Ocean, Marine Ecosystems, and Dependent Communities. The seminar will continue by providing a platform for a range of African policy-makers, business and civil society leaders to respond formally to the Special Report’s findings – by discussing its implications for key development decisions that are being made in sub-Saharan Africa now – particularly on exposed coastlines. Professor Chris Gordon of the University of Ghana shall provide a commentary on the resonance of the IPCC Special Report’s issues with current development priorities in Ghana and will, furthermore, comment on key evidence gaps in the Special Report and promising directions for new research.

The second session, IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land: Presentation and policy response, will be held at 14:00-15:30. This seminar will encourage attendees to consider the Special Report’s implications for development policy and practice. There will be a particular opportunity to ‘unpack’ the science around interlinkages between desertification, land degradation, food security and greenhouse gas fluxes: and what it means for sustainable development choices in African contexts. We shall consider the risks and opportunities of land-based climate change mitigation and adaptation pathways for sustainable development. The seminar will begin with a presentation of the Special Report’s headline findings by an IPCC expert. We will then invite speakers from policy, business and civil society to respond formally to the Special Report’s findings – by discussing its implications for key development decisions that are being made in sub-Saharan Africa now.

Journalist training

On Monday 7 October, CDKN will be facilitating a training for Africa-based journalists on what the Special Reports mean for sub-Saharan Africa. The training is designed to enable participants to obtain a grounding in:

  • Why the IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land is important, and what it says about climate change and land interactions, and the impacts on food security and human society, that’s new or different.
  • Why the IPCC’s Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate is important, and what it says about the impacts of sea level rise, warming oceans, melting ice and other climate change on African societies, that’s new or different.

Headline scientific findings will be presented by expert lead authors of the two Special Reports, and there will be time for journalists to ask follow-up questions and understand the range of inter-linked issues through case studies. Further, the session is designed for journalists to have the opportunity to ask the IPCC authors and CDKN for key contacts for follow up investigations and interviews.

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