Adaptation Futures 2018 takes place from 18-21 June 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). It is the premiere international climate change adaptation conference where people from countries around the world go to connect, learn and inspire!

Adaptation Futures 2018 provides an opportunity for international networking and dialogue with more than 1000 participants from academia, government, civil society and business, all aiming to take climate adaptation forward. Adaptation Futures 2018 aims to use our setting on the African continent to attract more African and Global South delegates than ever before to the conference and forefront developing country adaptation contexts.

Adaptation Futures 2018 aims to:

  • Facilitate dialogue between research and government, civil society, international agencies and business
  • Continue the shift from problem diagnosis to solutions and innovations
  • Link adaptation action to sustainable development, investment and planning
  • Have a strong focus on Africa and the Global South
  • Provide attendance grants for delegates from developing countries
  • Encourage the participation of early career researchers and practitioners
  • Offer a variety of plenary and parallel sessions, round tables and side events
  • Offer a vibrant Adaptation Expo

The conference will bring together diverse actors working in climate adaptation to learn from and stimulate each other in what they do and how they do it: academic and applied researchers, professionals in consulting and other roles, policymakers and managers, civil society, business, those working in international bodies and multilateral bodies.

Adaptation Futures 2018 builds on the legacy and key messages that emerged from the previous conferences.

4 Key Messages from Adaptation Futures 2016

  1. The adaptation community should remain dynamic, learn from other communities and develop synergies. It is key to connect scholars with policy-makers and practitioners, focusing on solutions.
  2. Innovation is essential for adaptation. The adaptation community needs innovative research on new ideas, products and services, as well as social issues, and how business and stakeholders can work together in new ways.
  3. Stakeholder collaboration with respect, trust and equity is essential. Connecting different groups will not in itself lead to climate adaptation, but increasing collaboration between different stakeholders will  contribute significantly to a more resilient future.
  4. Business can contribute to adaptation solutions. Although there is a gap in terminology and priorities between academia and business, companies are feeling the impacts of climate change and can contribute to adaptation solutions.

Source: Peter Casier (CGIAR/CCAFS)