News flash – conference to take place despite water shortages

Many will have seen reports of the Cape Town water shortage in the media. This note serves to update interested parties on how this might affect the conference. Our current assessment of the situation is that the conference will be able to proceed as planned – albeit with the city under severe water use restrictions, which conference attendees will be expected to follow.
The Cape Town Central Business District – where the conference centre and many hotels are located – will have an ongoing supply of water to support business and, importantly, job sustainability. This water will come from, amongst other sources, a dedicated desalination unit near the harbour.
The present crisis is due to three dry years in succession in Cape Town, which have progressively depleted the dry season storage in regional water supply system’s reservoirs. A number of interventions are being made to reduce usage and to augment supply to ensure the system is not depleted before the winter rains begin, usually in April.
We will be monitoring the situation closely and updating the conference website regularly. We aim to make a final, definite announcement by mid-March, at which stage the outlook for June should be much clearer.
Although we expect the conference to go ahead, we recommend that you keep your travel arrangements as flexible as possible. For example, make sure your bookings are refundable/changeable, by taking out travel insurance that covers event cancellation. Alternatively, hold off making travel arrangements until mid- March.
Should it ultimately become impossible to hold the conference in June, it will be postponed until later in the year.
Please sign up for the conference newsletter (if you haven’t already done so) for further updates.



Join us at Gold Restaurant for the conference dinner

GOLD Restaurant is an African restaurant in the heart of Cape Town, in walking distance from the CTICC.

The vegetarian Cape Malay and African menu is a taste safari that will transport you from Table Mountain to Timbuktu. This culinary experience is accompanied by  unique interactive traditional entertainment during your dinner with vibrant African dancing.

Day  : Wednesday 20 June

Cost  : ZAR 600.00

We will be serving vegetarian menu options on the day!

For more about Gold, visit this link

Book your place when you register for the conference.



Adaptation Futures 2018 – Dialogues for Solutions – aims to progress discussion and learning within the adaptation community on how to move from problem diagnosis to successful implementation.  What is the community learning about making adaptation work, at different spatial, institutional and time scales, in different geographies, and in different political and economic settings? What are we learning from mistakes, unexpected outcomes and outright failure, as well as our successes?  How does adaption support successful development, and when does it not?

Adaptation Futures 2018 will take advantage of its location in Africa to stimulate critical Southern perspectives on adaptation to inform regional and global policy, practice and research, and to increase the focus on the links between adaptation and sustainable development.

While contributions from all domains of climate adaptation are welcome, AF2018 is especially interested in exploring the following themes:

Adaptation and development

How can adaptation lead better development outcomes? In what ways do development processes prevent and enhance adaptation outcomes? How does adaptation contribute to the achievement of the SDGs?  And what are the implications of maladaptation? How can we move adaption discourse and practice into National Development Plans and other development processes?

South-South and South-North knowledge and learning

How does a Southern perspective change the global framing of adaptation and development?  Are there critiques of Northern approaches to adaptation in research, funding, and practice?  How do we enhance South-South collaboration; what successes point the way to do this?

Adaptation and 21st century challenges

How can adaptation thinking be brought into debates and practice around food, water and energy security?  What are the solutions for reducing climate risks in the face of rapid urbanisation?  What are the implications of migration in the context of climate change and other drivers?

Collaboration, knowledge co-production and research into use

What are we learning from transdisciplinary and engaged research processes?  How do we maximise the uptake of evidence from research and innovations into policy and practice?  How do we “go the last mile” – from good research, good policy, great ideas to implementation on the ground that leads to real change, for many?

Financing of adaptation and climate resilient development

What are we learning from the new global, regional and national funding mechanisms, such as the Adaptation and Green Climate Funds?  Where are the examples of “transformative” projects that the GCF seeks to fund?  What might transformative adaptation look like? How do we measure and value adaptation?

Learning from doing

What works and has not worked at different scales, from regional, to national, to local and community?  What needs to be in place (enablers) and be circumvented (barriers) to maximise the chances of success in different adaptation settings? How do we improve the way learning occurs so that acknowledgement of failure or partial success is valued? How do we implement adaptation across complex social, cultural and political-economic systems?

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)


Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
Georgina Cundill Kemp

Georgina Cundill Kemp

International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
Jean Palutikof

Jean Palutikof

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Griffith University, Australia
John Donaldson

John Donaldson

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), South Africa
Jon Padgham

Jon Padgham

global change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) International
Aldo Stroebel

Aldo Stroebel

National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa
Bettina Koelle

Bettina Koelle

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
Mark New

Mark New

African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), University of Cape Town, South Africa
Saleemul Huq

Saleemul Huq

International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh
Sean Khan

Sean Khan

Science Division, United Nations Environment (UNEP)
Vhali Khavhagali

Vhali Khavhagali

Department of Environment Affairs (DEA), South Africa


The 2018 conference is hosted by UCT’s African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

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