The conference has already attracted the committed participation of over 110 international organisations. These organisations, and the contact details of the people involved, are found here. 

List of participating organisations with contact details 6.2.2018


Students and early career researchers and practitioners are encouraged to participate in the conference. In addition, a dedicated MasterClass Day will be held on the Friday following the formal conference.

The MasterClasses will be held in the beautiful setting of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens  at the SANBI offices. See more about Kirstenbosch Botatnical Gardens at the following link http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch


We are offering a limited number of Attendance Grants to the conference.

The Attendance Grants will help to ensure a fair representation of developing countries at the conference. The Attendance Grants also aim to promote equal gender representation at the conference. The selection panel will aim for a 50: 50 gender balance of  grant recipients. Applications will be assessed by the conference Local Organising Committee.

The call for applications for attendance grants opens 21 Feb – 4 March 2018.

Please note: the deadline will be strictly applied and no late submissions will be accepted. We suggest that you prepare your application and the required documentation in advance (see guidelines below).

International Attendance Grants

If you are from a Low or Lower middle income country, and your abstract is accepted  or you have been listed in a Special Session, you will be eligible to apply for an International Attendance Grant.

The grant will cover registration fees and dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation, for 5 nights, flights from Johannesburg to cape Town and airport transfers.  In some cases, we will provide funding for travel to South Africa but it would help enormously if you are able to contribute some co-funding.

International applicants are required to submit these documents:

  • A short CV (2 pages including a recent photo)
  • Proof of registration if you are a post-graduate student
  • A letter of support from your Head of Department, Supervisor, Director or Manager
  • Coy of your valid passport (expiry date not before 2019)

Please note: The grant will not cover visa costs but we will provide you with a visa letter.


Guidelines for international applicants

South African Attendance Grants

If you are studying or working in the climate and development space in South Africa, you may apply for a South African Attendance Grant.  The South African Attendance Grant will cover registration and accommodation at the conference, and where necessary, travel from Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein or Durban to Cape Town.  In order to increase the impact of the sponsorship and the number of delegates that can be supported, we will expect applicants to cover their travel costs to the airports of these major SA cities.

Criteria for eligibility are:

  • South African nationality
  • Working or studying in the field of climate change and/ or sustainable development, with a recommendation or endorsement by your supervisor or manager or local community

South African applicants are required to submit these documents:

  • A short CV (2 pages including a recent photo)
  • Proof of registration if you are a full-time student
  • A letter of support from your Head of Department, Supervisor, Director or Manager
  • Coy of your South African ID document

Priority will be given to applicants with an accepted abstract or who are nominated to present or facilitate in a Special Session. The Attendance Grants also aim to advance a 50: 50 gender balance in South African  representation at the conference.


Guidelines for South African applicants

Applications will be assessed by the Local Organising Committee in an equitable and transparent way.

The contact person for enquiries about Attendance Grants is Masixole Langa: masixole.langa@uct.ac.za


Tool shed – a special venue at the conference – will host short presentations on novel adaptation tools.

Please contact us at info@adaptationfutures2018.capetown to discuss unique ways to highlight your adaptation innovations.


The Project Expo displays innovative adaptation projects from a diverse range of countries. The focus will be on success stories as well as opportunities to improve implementation, and lessons that can be learned for future similar projects. The project could be a poster, a 3D model or a video. Each project is unique and will have specific requirements.

Please contact us at info@adaptationfutures2018.capetown if you would like to exhibit a project at the conference.


 Learning Journey 1: Climate change responses in Khayelitsha: Makhaza Wetlands and Kuyasa Housing Project tour

This journey takes delegates to the peripheries of urban settlements where vulnerable communities are transforming their adaptive capacity and resilience.

Stop 1: Mekhaza Wetland Project showcases a successful community project that has reclaimed a wetland and park area and instilled public activism and agency.  http://untoldstories.org.za/

Stop 2: Kuyasa Housing project was the first Gold Standard CDM. This project implements low carbon housing for safer, energy efficient homes in vulnerable communities. http://www.carbon.org.za/credible_carbon_projects/kuyasa.htm

This is a Credible Carbon showcase journey to see where your carbon emissions are being offset.

Learning Journey 2: Sustainability in Hout Bay: Imizamo Yethu development planning project and the Recycling Co-op

This journey highlights a 21st century development challenge: limited space, increasing urbanization and collaborative development plans.

Stop 1: Hout Bay Recycling Co-operative is a social enterprise run by Imizamo Yethu locals whom divert waste from landfill sites by recycling waste in an area with poor service delivery. http://www.carbon.org.za/projects/trash_back.htm

Stop 2: a guided walk through Imizamo Yethu will show the community-government collaborations for adaptation planning and development after the 2017 shack fires.

This is a Credible Carbon showcase journey to see where your carbon emissions are being offset.

Learning Journey 3: Composting and carbon offsetting at Green Point Urban Park

Hosted at Tea in the Park Restaurant at the Green Point Urban Park, this Learning Journey will connect delegates with Reliance, a composting company that diverts 20,000,000m3 of green waste from overcrowded landfill sites in the Western Cape. Reliance is also helping to make other businesses carbon neutral by generating carbon credits using UNFCCC approved Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction methods (ISO 140643) and Credible Carbon offsetting. http://www.reliance.co.za/

Delegates can enjoy the open space and Biodiversity Showcase Gardens at the Green Point Urban park after the talk or come back with a bus to the CTICC.

This is a Credible Carbon showcase journey to see where your carbon emissions are being offset.


Learning Journey 4: Adaptation to storm surges at Big Bay and Woodbridge Island

Evidence of intensified extreme weather is visible on the West coast, north of Cape Town were urbanization meets the sea. Beaches and beach front infrastructure in Big Bay have been damaged in winter storms and the City of Cape Town is tasked to implement adaptation response plans to increase the areas resilience. Woodbridge Island, a heavy populated and affluent residential and recreational area faces sea level rise. This journey will highlight the visual impacts of climate change in the area as well as show case response systems.


Learning Journey 5: Urban farming in the Philippi Horticultural Area

Phillippi is a contentious area where property developers see open land, where an underground aquifer can provide fresh water in the current drought crisis, as well as provide 753ha of fertile land that small scale urban farmers rely upon for food and livelihoods. This journey aims to highlight the motivations, difficulties, successes and stories of the Phillippi Horticultural Area.



Learning Journey 6: For the Love of Water: The Water Hub, biomimicry at Langrug and Theewaterskloof Dam

Collaboration is integral for effective adaptation and this journey draws on the incredible links that have been created between civil society, poor communities, academia and the local government to ensure healthy fresh water supply for poor communities while simultaneously conserving fragile ecosystems and creating jobs.

This journey is a long drive, but promises spectacular views of the Franschhoek mountains and alarming signs of drought at Cape Town’s major supply dam, Theewaterskloof Dam.



Learning Journey 7: Climate smart agriculture in Stellenbosch

The agricultural sector is affected by, and contributes to the impacts of climate change because of the close link between the environment and society. This journey focuses on multi-sectoral collaboration to implement a wide scale adaptation plan and strategy in the agricultural sector.

This Learning Journey explores the SmartAgri project across a large area of the Western Cape. The drive is long but the engagements are necessary to understand rural adaptation practice.



Learning Journey 8: Biodiversity and climate change at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Biodiversity suffers the impacts of accelerated climate change, without the ability or time to adapt. This learning journey allows delegates to interact with South African biodiversity conservationists on the issues of conservation and climate change. Delegates will have time to visit one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots at the SANBI Kirstenbosch Gardens.



Learning Journey 9: Sustainable livestock farming at Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch

Cattle farming is often considered an unsustainable farming practice when it comes to climate change. Spier Wine Farm has developed the lowest impact livestock farming techniques, and together with social and economic offsets has recognized as a carbon offset project by Credible Carbon.

Delegates will have the chance to interact with local farmers and share insight of a contentious subjects such as livestock farming. Lunch at the wine farm will be available.


This is a Credible Carbon showcase journey to see where your carbon emissions are being offset.


Learning Journey 10: Boosting the green economy in Atlantis, Special Economic Zone

The Special Economic Zone in Atlantis hosts a green belt of activities, technology and natural environments. This strategically planned area benefits the local communities by creating jobs in the green sector, by creating a green technologies and sustainable development work hub as well as restores and protects the natural environment that includes a river system and dune system. This Learning Journey showcases South Africa’s greentech and renewable energy Special Economic Zone.



Low Income and Lower Middle Income and African Countries

  • Early Registration
  • 15 January – 31 March 2018
  • Student *
  • Academic/ Professional
  • Student Day Pass
  • Day Pass
  • Early Registration
  • 15 January – 31 March 2018
  • ZAR 3 000
  • ZAR 5 000
  • ZAR 1 100
  • ZAR 1 800
  • Standard Registration
  • 1 April – 31 May 2018
  • ZAR 3 600
  • ZAR 6 000
  • ZAR 1 200
  • ZAR 2 100
  • Late Registration
  • 1 June – 21 June 2018
  • ZAR 3 750
  • ZAR 6 250
  • ZAR 1 300
  • ZAR 2 200

High Income and Higher Middle Income Countries

  • Early Registration
  • until 31 March 2018
  • Student *
  • Academic/ Professional
  • Early Registration
  • until 31 March 2018
  • ZAR 4 200
  • ZAR 7 000
  • Standard Registration
  • 1 April – 31 May 2018
  • ZAR 5 040
  • ZAR 8 400
  • Late Registration
  • 1 June – 21 June 2018
  • ZAR 5 250
  • ZAR 8 750

* Student: a person enrolled at an accredited academic institution to study for a degree.


On registration, you can choose to pay via EFT or by credit card.  Please note that payment by credit card incurs a 5% surcharge on the registration fee.


Please note that as we aspire to keeping the carbon footprint of this event as low as possible, we have added an automatic carbon offset to your registration costs, depending on where you live and would be travelling from. the default position is to pay the carbon offsets, but there an option to opt out of the carbon offset contribution is also provided.

The carbon offset programme is managed by Credible Carbon. Delegates are encouraged to take part in a Learning Journey (Monday’s programme)  to visit Credible Carbon projects and see how the proceeds of the offsets are being used by local communities.

See more at  https://www.crediblecarbon.com/


The registration fees include attendance at all events on the main conference programme, as well as open side events from Monday to Thursday. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided every day, as well as lunch from Tuesday to Thursday. All are welcome to attend the Cheese and Wine social event on Tuesday evening.


Monday – Cape Town Learning Journeys. This is a chance to visit local sites and link them to broader international issues in the company of experienced local and international academics and practitioners.

Wednesday evening – the Conference Dinner. This will be held at GOLD restaurant, a unique, African culinary experience. The restaurant is in walking distance from the conference venue. Lifts will also be provided. The cost is ZAR 600 per person.

Friday – MasterClasses.  Students and early career researchers and practitioners have the option of attending a day of MasterClasses with international experts. The fee is ZAR 200.