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Africa Climate Conference 2013 - Advancing African Climate Science Research & Knowledge to Inform Adaptation Decision-Making in Africa
24 October 2013


FANRPAN was represented at the Africa Climate Conference 2013 by Dr Sepo Hachigonta, Climate Change Coordinator.

The Africa Climate Conference 2013 (ACC2013) in Arusha, Tanzania, 15-18 October, aimed to strengthen the relationship between the scientific and policy-making communities. It is expected to result in a set of concrete research proposals to address critical gaps in our understanding of the African climate system and to strengthen the science base for decision-making on the continent for the rest of the 21st Century.

The Africa Climate Conference was organized under the umbrella of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) and the University of Dar Es Salaam. The conference brought together more than 300 stakeholders from Africa and around the world (Programme)

The Conference was opened by H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania. World Meteorological Organization Deputy Secretary-General Jerry Lengoasa as guest speake.

Conference Themes

  • To support strategic ahead-of-season planning (1-month to 12-months outlook)
  • To support intra-seasonal risk monitoring and management to inform within-season operations (5 to 40 days range)
  • To support longer-term strategic planning/policy development (next 1-10 years)
  • To support Climate change adaptation policy development/planning (next 50 years)
  • Assessing the current vulnerability due to recent climate events
  • Estimation of the impacts of climate variability and change
  • Decision making at local scales
  • Building credibility and confidence in predictions, across timescales
  • Mainstreaming climate services into policy formulation and decision making, at all timescales

Conference Aims

  • To identify the state of knowledge on the African climate system, recognizing current gaps in climate knowledge;
  • To define and drive an African agenda for future climate research that will inform adaptation decisions out to the mid- to end 21st Century.;
  • To develop a framework for mainstreaming climate information into decision making,
  • To establish a network of experts who translate this knowledge into practical applications in areas such as agriculture and food production, water resources management, risk management and adaptation planning.

The outcomes of the Arusha conference will feed into the Third Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA–III) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 21–23 October 2013. The theme of this year’s conference was “Africa on the rise: can the opportunities from climate change spring the continent to transformative development".


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