Enhancing Resilience against Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•08•25    13:30 - 17:00
    Location:
    Nairobi

    On 25 August 2016, UNU will organize the event Enhancing Resilience against Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa through Utilizing Indigenous and Local Knowledge in Nairobi, Kenya. Jointly organized by the University of Nairobi, The University of Tokyo, and Kenyatta University, this will be an official side event at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI).

    This side event will highlight recent research findings and best practices to enhance the resilience of different socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) against climate and ecosystem changes at various scales in Africa, by combining both indigenous and local knowledge and modern science and technologies.

    The event’s objectives are as follows:

    1. Share recent research findings and best practices to enhance resilience of SEPLS against climate, ecosystem and socio-economic changes.
    2. Strengthen international networks for further research and capacity development to implement relevant goals and targets indicated in the SDGs.
    3. Discuss future action plans to promote collaborative research, capacity development, and social implementation.

    For more information on this event, download the programme here.

    Programme

    13:30–13:40 Opening Remarks
    Peter M.F. Mbithi (Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi)
    Paul K. Wainaina (Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University)

    13:40–14:05 Keynote Presentation 1 “Enhancing Resilience against Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Sub-saharan Region: Development and Application of the Ghana Model”
    Kazuhiko Takeuchi (United Nations University/The University of Tokyo)

    14:05–14:30 Keynote Presentation 2 “Enhancing Resilience of Socio ecological Systems against Climate, Ecosystem and Socio economic Changes in Sub-Saharan Countries: Contribution of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme and its African Network of Biosphere Reserves”
    Noëline Raondry Rakotoarisoa (Chief of section on MAB networking, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO)

    14:30–16:00 Case Studies Session

    • Achievements and contributions of CECAR-Africa project
      Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic (University for Development Studies, Ghana) and Kwabena Gyekye (University of Ghana)
    • Potential of forests in enhancing community resilience to climate change in Sub-Sahara Africa
      James B. Kung’u (School of Environmental Studies, Kenyatta University)
    • Restoring Landscapes Using Local Practices for Fulfilling Human Needs and Ensuring Environmental Sustainability: the Case of Drylands of Tanzania
      Lalisa A Duguma (World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins)
    • Best Practices and Lessons from Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) in Africa
      Kaoru Ichikawa (United Nations University) and Yaw Agyeman Boafo (The University of Tokyo)
    • Industrial Crop Expansion and Local Food Security in Africa: Emprical Evidence from the FICESSA project
      Alexandros Gasparatos (The University of Tokyo)

    16:00–17:00 Panel Discussion “Lessons and Future African Way for Sustainable Development in Harmony with Nature”
    Moderator: David N. Mungai (Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi)

  • Enhancing Resilience against Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa through Utilizing Indigenous and Local Knowledge (programme)

    (134.5 KB PDF)

  • Room ED 213, Education Building (also known as Confucius Institute)
    The University of Nairobi (main campus)