• 21
    Sep
    2006
  • 24
    Sep
    2006
Workshop
UNFCCC African Regional Workshop on Adaptation Accra, Ghana, 21 to 23 September 2006

Time:

01:00 - 00:59

Venue:

Accra

City:

Accra

Country:

Ghana

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 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

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

Agenda

 

Presentations

 

Objectives of the workshop and background presentation

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Youssef Nassef

UNFCCC Secretariat

Recent developments on adaptation under the UNFCCC and objectives of the workshop

Ms. Balgis Osman Elasha

Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources, Sudan

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

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

Mr. Motsomi Maletjane

Lesotho

Systematic observation, data, climate methods and tools Abstract

Mr. Paul Isabirye

Uganda

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

 

Impact and vulnerability assessments

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Mamadou Lamarana Diallo

Guinea

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

Mr. John Nganga

Kenya

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

Mr. Mohamed Jalil

Morocco

Climate change vulnerability and impact assessment in Morocco Fre

Resume

Mr. Mduduzi Gamedze

Swaziland

Impact and Adaptation Assessments in Swaziland Abstract

 

Session 2: Adaptation planning and implementation

Agriculture and food security

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Moïse Sonou

FAO

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

Mr. Thomas Bagan

Benin

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

Mr. Leopold Some

Burkina Faso

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

Mr. Patrice Passe Sanand*

Central African Republic

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

Mr. Constantine Shayo

Tanzania

Adaptation Planning and Implementation - Agriculture and Food Security Paper

 

Water resources

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Jules Venance Kouassi

Côte d’Ivoire

Planification et Adaptation des Ressources en Eau Résumé

Mr. Micheliarson Andrianirina

Madagascar

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

Mr. Evans Njewa

Malawi

Adaptation planning and implementation for water resources Abstract Paper

Mr. Charles Uramutse

Rwanda

Adaptation planning and implementation for water resources in Rwanda Résumé

 

Health

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Bernard Edward Gomez

Gambia

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

Mr. Moussa Gousmane

Niger

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

 

Coastal zones

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Abdoulkader Oudoum Abdallah

Djibouti

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

Mr. Alexandre Cabral

Guinea-Bissau

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

Mr. Aderito Santana*

São Tomé e Príncipe

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

Mr. Reynold Johnson

Sierra Leone

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

 

Support for adaptation in the context of sustainable development

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Ms. Bonizella Biagini

GEF

GEF support to Adaptation Action in Africa

Mr. Bastian Bomhard

IUCN

IUCN Support for Climate Change Adaptation

Ms. Martha Mwandingi

UNDP

UNDP-GEF Climate Change Adaptation

 

Synergies: the experience of UNCCD

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Ms. Bettina Horstmann

UNCCD

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

 

Session 3: Regional collaboration

Roundtable on South-South collaboration

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Mr. Johnson Nkem

CIFOR

A Forest Platform for Climate Change Adaptation for Africa

Ms. Rhea Katsanakis

ISDR

Adapting to Climate Change and Reducing Disaster Risk

Mr. Aboubacar Issa

OSS

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

Ms. Njeri Wamukonya

UNEP

South-South Collaboration

 

Roundtable on North-South collaboration

Presenter

Party/Organization

Subject

Ms. Karen Sutherland

Canada

Canada’s Experience in Supporting Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa

Ms. Melissa Knight

USA

Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development

 

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

Language:

English