CAPSNAC Conference 2017 - Makerere University

Track 1 Climate Change and Risk Management

Registeration and Abstract Submission

Global Climate Change is a matter of global concern and a challenge to societies.

Climate Change (CC) is one of the five priority areas of the Strategy 2020 of the European Commission and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals reinforce its current priorities in this regard (e.g. SDG 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) together with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - UNFCCC, Kyoto protocol and the agreements of Bali, Cancun, and Durban and recently the Paris Agreement – COP 21.

More specifically, the Paris Agreement reached on 12 December 2015 and adopted by all 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change commits all countries to work to limit global temperature rise to certain targets. This requires concerted mitigation and adaptation actions at multiple spatial, social-economic and governance scales. Evidence across the sub-Saharan region argues that mitigation actions such as REDD+ practices hold the key for enhancing carbon pools in many communities.

At the same time, farming households are reorienting their production, introducing differentiated products and diversifying activities and giving a more commercial footprint to their ability to produce. Even more, it is often the entrepreneurial skills, which are connected to the age of farmers, their education and their connection to the markets that makes the difference in shifting to a multifunctional business. How do farms adapt to the changes in the direction of multi-functionality, diversifying their activities and income sources towards the production of new goods and services.

Escalating climatic risks such as floods and droughts demand that scholars direct increased attention to them. This track will explore how adaptation can be put into practice as well as present case studies and evaluations of real-life adaptation projects and practices.  For effective decision making and management of climate risks, there is a need for accessible to reliable weather information in various economic sectors. However, the methods of weather prediction and meteorological observation currently being used in the sub-Saharan region are outdated and a timely dissemination of weather information is more or less absent. This has derailed national development paths and compounded existing development challenges.

This track invites abstracts and papers based on a micro, meso and macro founded analysis are welcome, but also papers that offer a comparative analysis of case studies. The main issues which will be addressed in this track are, but not limited to:

  1. Climate modelling and predictions:
  2. Climate change impacts and accumulation of risks;
  3. Risky environment(s) and opportunities for adaptation;
  4. Policies and institutionalization of adaptation actions;
  5. Gender differentiated vulnerabilities;
  6. ICT and Weather Information Management;
  7. Agro-forestry systems and  carbon pools;
  8. Estimations of carbon stocks in variable land use configurations;
  9. REDD+ activities and opportunities for livelihood improvements and tenure security;