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UNFCCC African Regional Workshop on Adaptation
Accra, Ghana, 21 to 23 September 2006


Background

The African Regional Workshop on Adaptation was held at the M Plaza Hotel in Accra, Ghana, from 21-23 September 2006. The workshop aimed at facilitating exchange of information and integrated assessments in order to assist in identifying Africa’s needs and concerns related to adaptation. About 60 participants, including representatives of 33 African Parties, 10 Annex I Parties and a number of international, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations participated in the workshop. Mr. William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu, from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ghana, chaired the workshop on behalf of SBI Chair Mr. Thomas Becker of Denmark.

The workshop was convened at the request of COP 10 by its (PDF) Decision 1/CP.10, that called for the UNFCCC secretariat to organize three regional workshops and one expert meeting for small island developing States (SIDS) to enable exchange of information and integrated assessments to assist in identifying specific adaptation needs and concerns. The reports on the outcome of these workshops and the expert meeting will be considered by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) with a view to making a recommendation on further action to COP 13 in November 2007.

The highlight of the workshop was its success in fostering an exchange of experience on good practices on adaptation, many of which could be replicated. The workshop also provided for a fruitful sharing of information between African participants and support organizations, whether the GEF and its implementing agencies, or bilateral institutions with a strong focus on the African region. From this, an evident need emerged for enhanced access to funding and broadening the sources of support for adaptation activities, particularly those that build upon indigenous coping strategies. Participants articulated a number of needs and concerns relating to adaptation, which will need to be taken up in the negotiating process. Many of these were identified through the process of preparing National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) in African least developed countries. Finally, a session devoted to South-South cooperation revealed ample opportunities for further promoting such collaboration and streamlining its effectiveness.

Report of the African regional workshop on adaptation

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) coverage of the workshop

(PDF) Background paper on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in Africa

(PDF) Agenda

Presentations

Objectives of the workshop and background presentation

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Youssef Nassef

UNFCCC Secretariat

(PDF) Recent developments on adaptation under the UNFCCC and objectives of the workshop

Ms. Balgis Osman Elasha

Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources, Sudan

(PDF) Background presentation on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in Africa

Session 1: Impact and vulnerability assessments

Systematic observation, data, climate methods and tools - availability, applicability, accessibility

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. William Westermeyer

GCOS Secretariat

(PDF) The Global Climate Observing System and Sustainable Development - An Action Plan for Africa (PDF) Abstract

Mr. Motsomi Maletjane

Lesotho

(PDF) Systematic observation, data, climate methods and tools (PDF) Abstract

Mr. Paul Isabirye

Uganda

(PDF) Systematic observation, data, climate methods and tools - an overview (PDF) Abstract

Impact and vulnerability assessments

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Mamadou Lamarana Diallo

Guinea

(PDF) Évaluation de la vulnérabilité et de l’Adaptation au Changement Climatique en Guinée

Mr. John Nganga

Kenya

(PDF) Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment in East Africa (PDF) Paper

Mr. Mohamed Jalil

Morocco

(PDF) Climate change vulnerability and impact assessment in Morocco (PDF) Fre

(PDF) Resume

Mr. Mduduzi Gamedze

Swaziland

(PDF) Impact and Adaptation Assessments in Swaziland (PDF) Abstract

Session 2: Adaptation planning and implementation

Agriculture and food security

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Moïse Sonou

FAO

(PDF) Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change in Agriculture - FAO Methods and Tools to Identify Options and Develop Responses

Mr. Thomas Bagan

Benin

(PDF) Adaptation aux changements climatique - Actions en cours au Bénin dans le domaine de l‘agriculture

Mr. Leopold Some

Burkina Faso

(PDF) Stratégies d’adaptation dans le domaine de l’agriculture en Afrique de l’Ouest : le cas du Burkina Faso (PDF) Résumé

Mr. Patrice Passe Sanand*

Central African Republic

(PDF) Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment in the Agriculture Sector in the Central African Republic (CAR) (PDF) Résumé (PDF) Eng

Mr. Constantine Shayo

Tanzania

(PDF) Adaptation Planning and Implementation - Agriculture and Food Security (PDF) Paper

Water resources

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Jules Venance Kouassi

Côte d’Ivoire

(PDF) Planification et Adaptation des Ressources en Eau (PDF)Résumé

Mr. Micheliarson Andrianirina

Madagascar

(PDF) Aperçu sur les Problemes des Ressources en Eau dus au Changement Climatique et Plan d’Adaptation

Mr. Evans Njewa

Malawi

(PDF) Adaptation planning and implementation for water resources (PDF) Abstract (PDF) Paper

Mr. Charles Uramutse

Rwanda

(PDF) Adaptation planning and implementation for water resources in Rwanda (PDF) Résumé

Health

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Bernard Edward Gomez

Gambia

(PDF) Identification of Priority Actions to Adapt to Climate Change in the Health Sector

Mr. Moussa Gousmane

Niger

(PDF) Impacts des changements climatiques dans le secteur de la sante et les solutions proposes (PDF) Article

Coastal zones

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Abdoulkader Oudoum Abdallah

Djibouti

(PDF) Mesures d’Adaptation et de Protection pour la Zone Cotiere de Djibouti

Mr. Alexandre Cabral

Guinea-Bissau

(PDF)Planeamento e execução da adaptação na zona costeira de Guinea-Bissau

Mr. Aderito Santana*

São Tomé e Príncipe

(PDF) Planeamento e execução da adaptação na zona costeira de São Tomé e Príncipe

Mr. Reynold Johnson

Sierra Leone

(PDF) Adaptation, planning and implementation relating to the Sierra Leone coastal zone (PDF) Paper

Support for adaptation in the context of sustainable development

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Ms. Bonizella Biagini

GEF

(PDF) GEF support to Adaptation Action in Africa

Mr. Bastian Bomhard IUCN (PDF) IUCN Support for Climate Change Adaptation

Ms. Martha Mwandingi

UNDP

(PDF) UNDP-GEF Climate Change Adaptation

Synergies: the experience of UNCCD

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Ms. Bettina Horstmann

UNCCD

(PDF) Synergies between UNFCCC and UNCCD in Africa -Experiences made in implementing the UNCCD (PDF) Abstract

Session 3: Regional collaboration

Roundtable on South-South collaboration

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Johnson Nkem

CIFOR

(PDF) A Forest Platform for Climate Change Adaptation for Africa

Ms. Rhea Katsanakis

ISDR

(PDF) Adapting to Climate Change and Reducing Disaster Risk

Mr. Aboubacar Issa

OSS

(PDF) Dégradation des terres et adaptation aux changements climatiques - valeur ajoutée de l’OSS

Ms. Njeri Wamukonya

UNEP

(PDF) South-South Collaboration

Roundtable on North-South collaboration

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Ms. Karen Sutherland

Canada

(PDF) Canada’s Experience in Supporting Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa

Ms. Melissa Knight

USA

(PDF) Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development

* These presentations were not delivered in person because their authors were unable to attend the workshop.