The AfDB and African Water Facility Participate in CLIMATE 2010/KLIMA 2010
1 November 2010-Prior to COP 16, the African Development Bank and the African Water Facility took part in CLIMATE 2010/KILMA 2010 online conference on "Climate Change and the Sustainable Management of Water Resources" from 1-7 November. The conference was free of charge and open to anyone.
“The online conference format is appealing in that it offers access to a wide audience and is carbon neutral,” explained Akica Bahri, Coordinator of the African Water Facility (AWF). She discussed “Climate change and sustainable water management in developing countries” and “Local governments in the post-Kyoto process: how to move adaptation in the urban water management higher on the agenda" during two online chats on 5 November.
“It is important for people to know that, in Africa, adaptation will minimize the impacts of climate variability and change. Interventions planned now must be designed to reduce vulnerability, increase resilience, and moderate the risks on lives and livelihoods of both African farmers and urban citizens” said Ms. Bahri.
The AWF and the Bank have also submitted to the CLIMATE 2010 online library presentations on their core strategies and recent projects related to climate change.
“For the AfDB, climate change is a corporate priority that has been clearly articulated in our Climate Change Action Plan 2011-2015,” stated Mafalda Duarte, a Principal Climate Change Specialist and the Climate Investment Funds Coordinator at the Bank. “The ambitious goals of this plan permeate all Bank operations to address climate change mitigation and adaptation and mobilize concessionary funding to benefit African countries.”
CLIMATE 2010/KLIMA 2010 was organized by Research and Training Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.