Climate has never been a negligible force in Africa’s history; but with global warming, its impact is increasing even more, making Africa the most exposed and vulnerable region in the world to the impacts of climate change (World Bank, 2009). Food and water security, livelihoods, shelter, and health are all at risk in rural and urban areas alike. Compounding those challenges are widespread poverty, fragile ecosystems, weak institutions, and other issues. Climate change is thus a key development issue for Africa. While there is unequivocal evidence that the climate is changing, a lot of uncertainty exists regarding the pace and extent of the change and its impacts on different sub-regions, sectors, nations, and communities. This uncertainty makes policy decision-making more complex and magnifies the need for Africa to build its knowledge and analytical base and strengthen the capacity of its country and regional institutions to address climate change-related issues.
Several Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have indicated that to render more efficient, efforts made in adaptation to climate change, activities must not only rely on scientific knowledge but must also be carried out within a policy and strategic development context. Adaptation to climate change initiatives in Africa has, however, mostly addressed research, capacity strengthening and policy issues on climate change, separately. Initiatives involving the regular consultation amongst stakeholders in various sectors (including agriculture, health, water and urban issues covered by this project) aimed at reflecting on the adaptation of the poorest and most vulnerable populations to adaptation to climate change in Africa are lacking. It is absolutely critical that an appropriate forum that facilitates interactions among key stakeholders is established to adequately and appropriately inform policy makers in developing the right policies aimed at enhancing adaptation to climate change in Africa.
Methodology Workshop Report, Saly, Senegal
June 29 & 30, 2011
Project funded by IDRC and coordinated by CORAF/WECARD under the auspices of FARA
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