1 December 2011

AfDB puts water on top table at climate change forum in Durban

African Development Bank (AfDB) experts stressed the severity of the impact of climate change on water resources in Africa and the importance of putting water at the center of climate negotiations, at a discussion held during the COP 17 climate conference in Durban.

The experts said that climate change is being felt mostly in water-related natural phenomena, and Africa, they reported, is the continent that is most vulnerable to changes in weather patterns affecting water resources because of the low adaptive capacity.

Climate change talks centre on solutions for Africa’s farmers

“When is it going to rain again?”

That seems to be the question being asked all over Africa. Irrigation levels are low, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where less than four percent of cropland is irrigated, which means farmers tend to go for rainfed agriculture.

This compares to 40 percent irrigation in south Asia, which is the world’s next poorest region after Africa,  and 18 percent globally.

Cost for ‘vulnerable’ Africa to handle climate change could reach USD 30 billion

Africa is the most vulnerable continent to the adverse effects of climate change, and urgently needs to deal with them.  But doing so will be costly.

The cost of adapting to the harm being done to the African continent such as severe weather changes, drought, desertification and so on could be as much as USD 20 to 30 billion a year.

  • 9:00-11:00     Filling the Gap: Finance
  • 9:00-11:00   Maximizing the Green Climate Fund
  • 11:30-13:00  Drawing the Line between Climate Change Adaptation and Development Methods for estimating the cost of impact and adaptation and the importance of accurate information for decision-­‐making
  • 11:30-13:00   Making the Case: Prioritizing Water in Climate Change Negotiations Water impacts all aspects of development in Africa. To face the uncertainties of water availability and of water-­‐related disasters, water resources management needs to be recognized as a concrete action to address climate change
  • 11:30-13:00  Progress in Regional Climate Downscaling for Africa Highlights from the African Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment
  • 13:20-15:20  Roundtable Climate Change Adaptation in Africa
  • 13:20-14:40  Agriculture and Food Security: The Balance Between Adaptation and Mitigation Towards a policy framework and practices that ensure food security in a changing climate
  • 13:20-14:40  Adaptation Funding Capacity building and knowledge sharing
  • 15:00-16:30   Carbon Finance Opportunities in Africa The Energy Resource Institute in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • 15:00-18:15   How Local Communities Can Build their Resilience: Local Agenda 21
  • 16:45-18:15    Green Economy and the Southern African Development Community’s Contribution to Rio+20
  • 18:30-20:00 Climate Sense Program Making Sense of Climate Science, Economics, InnovaCon and Policy in Africa
  • 18:30-21:45   Bridging the Emissions Gap
  • 20:15-21:45  Green Club’s Greening and Playground Construction Project

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"Fighting global poverty and climate change are the two most important battles of this century..."

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By 2020, in some countries, yields from rainfed agriculture could be reduced by up to 50%

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