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CAPSNAC Conference 2017 : Introduction

A significant proportion of livelihoods in tropical regions particularly in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) are heavily ecosystem dependent. Equally, the development strategies of the regional economies are premised on harnessing ecosystem and environmental resources to sustain the economic growth and increasing food, fibre and energy demands for the populations.

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Whilst the national economies show rapid growth, there is increasing concern on declining ecosystem health, and agricultural productivity given the rapidly increasing population. The majority of  the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, are strictly tied to the struggle for reducing risk and building resilience. Substantial evidence reveals a compendium of issues obtaining in the SSA region that raise sustainability and resilience questions exemplified by:

  1. Climate change and variability
  2. Stagnant and declining agricultural productivity
  3. Soil degradation
  4. Land use/cover transformations
  5. Natural resources management challenges,
  6. Disease outbreaks
  7. Rapid urbanization with its attendant challenges.

Some of these challenges have a transboundary dimension and they have been compounded by the increasing risks culminating from the increasing variability and changing climate. Yet despite growing evidence to support climate-resilient strategies, many countries have yet to mainstream climate change within their national development plans. Climate change adaptation and mitigation are addressed directly in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development under SDG 13 (Climate Action) [ Goolge Search ] but they have strong links to the other SDGs: poverty, hunger, health, education, gender, water, energy, economy, infrastructure, inequality, cities, consumption, ecosystems, peace, justice and partnerships.

Cognizant of the fact that livelihoods and economies in SSA are strongly climate sensitive, it is not possible to continuously experience these complex situations without triggering conflict and instability under the ‘business as usual’ model. What adaptive, sustainable and transformative pathways and opportunities exist under the current and projected conditions need to be looked into and resolved.  

There is an increasing recognition that science must provide smart solutions to obviate the current challenges and improve the futuristic situations. This conference thus aims to cultivate the emerging knowledge crucial for solving the complex and interconnected issues of ecosystem resilience, increasing agricultural productivity and sustaining livelihoods under climate change.  

The conference is partly premised on the ongoing research under several Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) funded projects at Makerere University and also on the fact that there are many other similar research initiatives at national and regional level.