The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Can climate services serve African farmers’ needs, at scale? Evidence, good practice, and remaining gaps

Access to relevant climate services for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa has increased substantially over the years, yet uptake and integration in decision making remains highly variable. Many crop farmers, but fewer livestock farmers and pastoralists, with access to climate services act on the information. While estimates of the economic benefits of agricultural climate services are generally positive, uncertainty remains due largely to methodological challenges and evidence gaps between available services and what we know about farmers’ needs.

As climate service practice matures, achieving scale will require overcoming some persistent weaknesses in their design and implementation, and capturing and communicating the benefits of improved climate services for reducing agricultural risk.

At the November Adaptation Community Meeting, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) will present on the state of evidence about the uptake, use and impact of climate services for farming in sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on lessons learned from the USAID-supported Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI) project, with illustrations from the Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture project, as well as other USAID-supported agricultural climate services activities in Africa. The presentation will examine how growing evidence provides insights about good practice for agricultural climate services.
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Research-2-Practice Forum on Energy, Water Security and Climate Change in Africa

Linking research and development as a contribution to achieve the goals of the Agenda 2063 of the African Union is a priority for the Pan African University of the African Union. The Research-2-Practice Forum aims to provide a platform for experts/scientists, education leaders, decision makers, entrepreneurs, private and public sector, policy makers, civil society actors and institutions interested or active in applied and practice-oriented research for development to discuss state of the art, challenges and innovative solutions in the areas of renewable energy, water and climate security and build strategic partnerships.

In order to promote and support applied and practice-oriented research and strategic partnerships on renewable energy, water and climate security in Africa, the Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) with support from the German Government and in cooperation with a consortium of German universities (UNU-EHS, ZEF and ITT) led by UNU-EHS and the University Abou Bekr Belkaid in Tlemcen are jointly organizing the Research-2-Practice Forum.
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5th edition of SITeau: Water and climate change, for a solidarity-based Africa

The 5th SITeau Conference will be taking place soon in Casablanca, Morocco. The two-day event will promote services, technologies, and projects focused on water and climate change in Africa. These will span the water-energy-food nexus as well as WASH topics. This year's theme is "Water and climate change, for a solidarity-based Africa." The event is being coordinated by the Moroccan Coalition for Water.
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Digital Earth Summit 2018

The 7th Digital Earth Summit (DES-2018) will be convened in El Jadida, Morocco from 17-19 April 2018 under the overarching theme “The Digital Earth for Sustainable Development in Africa.” The event attracts researchers, scientists, professionals, and technologists from companies, universities, research firms, and government agencies around the world.

The main objective of DES-2018 is to bring together scientists and professionals from the African and international community to present latest achievements, discuss challenges, and share experiences. The conference agenda will include paper presentations, poster sessions, and project demonstrations along with prominent keynote speakers, workshops, and special sessions.
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UNEP-DHI Water Webinar: Focus on Flood & Drought Management

UNEP-DHI Partnership in collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA) and DHI is presenting a series of technical webinars focusing on innovative approaches to Flood and Drought planning and management for basins and water utilities. These webinars are primarily based on the outcomes and tools being released within the ongoing Flood and Drought Management Tools project, but will also include guest presentations from external stakeholders and relevant organisations.

You can now register for the third Webinar in the Flood and Drought Management webinar series: Drought early warning and assessment, experiences from Africa, February 28th.
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Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2017: Water & Climate Congress

The Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LoCS4Africa) Congress, held under the ICLEI Africa’s Urban Leadership for African Sustainability (ULAS) programme, is Africa’s leading platform on local climate action for cities and sub-national governments across the Continent. The platform offers opportunity for engagement and strategic discussions around current on the ground solutions and emerging trends relating to Africa’s vulnerability to climate change in urban areas. LoCS4Africa 2017 will explore critical links between climate change and urban water and sanitation in Africa’s cities.
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