NOTICE: If you have been accepted for an AF18 Attendance Grant, you will be sent a unique registration link


Low Income and Lower Middle Income and African Countries

  • Early Registration
  • Until 15 April 2018
  • Student *
  • Academic/ Professional
  • Student Day Pass
  • Day Pass
  • Early Registration
  • Until 15 April 2018
  • ZAR 3 000
  • ZAR 5 000
  • ZAR 1 100
  • ZAR 1 800
  • Standard Registration
  • 16 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 15 April 2018
  • Student *
  • Academic/ Professional
  • Early Registration
  • Until 15 April 2018
  • ZAR 4 200
  • ZAR 7 000
  • Standard Registration
  • 16 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 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 LearningJourney (Monday’s programme)  to visit Credible Carbon projects and see how the proceeds of the offsets are being used by local communities.


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 LearningJourneys. 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. The fee is between R200 and R250.

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.

A special 1 day pass for Monday 18 June 2018 

This includes entrance to all the parallel sessions and open workshops at the CTICC on Monday, but it does not include the LearningJourneys.

The cost is R1500.


Applications have closed.

If you have received confirmation of your Attendance Grant, you will received a unique registration link to use.

In line with our conference strategy, we aim to facilitate access to the conference for delegates from developing countries through Attendance Grants.

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.


A special venue at the conference will host short presentations on novel adaptation tools.

More information to follow soon.



A chance to visit local sites and link them to broader international issues in the company of experienced local and international academics and practitioners. Click on the LearningJourney menu below to find out more information and the related cost of the LearningJourney.

Please arrive early, to complete your conference check in process and receive your conference bag, including a refillable water bottle. Please bring this bottle along with you on the trip. Water will be available on the buses.

Cape Town can experience all 4 seasons in one day. Please be advised that all LearningJourneys will happen outside and the onus is on you to bring extras such as an umbrella, sunscreen and hats. Please wear walking shoes.

Each LearningJourney will stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant. Please be advised that the cost of lunch is the delegates own (except for LearningJourneys 1, 5 and 6 where lunch is included). Please expect a cost between R100 and R300 depending on your preferences (restaurant details will be released on the website soon).

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: Kuyasa Housing project was the first Gold Standard CDM. This project implements low carbon housing for safer, energy efficient homes in vulnerable communities.

Stop 2: Mekhaza Wetland Project showcases a successful community project that has reclaimed a wetland and park area and instilled public activism and agency.

Cost: ZAR250 (lunch included)

Time: 09:00 – 17:00

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

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

This Learning 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.

Stop 2: a drive-by and walk onto a dune system that is being developed on at a rapid rate, despite the vulnerability of the dune system as well as the implications of developing on shifting landscapes. Delegates will see a derelict club house engulfed by beach sand and continual urban development in the Hout Bay vicinity.

Cost: ZAR200

Time: 09:00 – 17:00

Lunch: Fish on the Rocks 

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 20,000,000mof 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.

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.

Cost: ZAR200

Time: 10:00 – 14:00

Lunch: Tea in the Park

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.

Cost: ZAR200

Time: 10:30 – 15:30

Learning Journey 5: 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.

Cost: ZAR250 (lunch included)

Time: 08:00 – 17:00

Learning Journey 6: Climate smart agriculture at Langgewens Research Farm

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture strives to build on the Western Cape Climate Change Response Strategy (WCCCRS 2014) by addressing the vulnerabilities in the agricultural sector as well as food insecurity through multi-stakeholder engagements, robust frameworks and Conservation Agriculture. For this reason a climate change framework and implementation plan, called SmartAgri, was completed by the Department in 2016 and is a road-map to make the agricultural sector more climate resilient and advocate climate smart production and processing practices.

This Learning Journey takes delegates to the roots of Conservation Agriculture (CA) in the Western Cape. CA was identified as Priority Project #1 in the SmartAgri plan. Delegates will venture to the Langgewens Research Farm outside of Cape Town city and hear from farmers, government officials and researchers about how climate smart project implementation is translating successfully on the ground.

The drive is long but the engagements are necessary. Delegates will enjoy an authentic South African ‘braai’ for lunch.

SmartAgri information:

CA information:

Cost: ZAR250 (lunch included)

Time: 08:00 – 17:00

Learning Journey 7: 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.

Cost: ZAR200

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Learning Journey 8: 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.

Cost: ZAR200

Time: 08:00 – 15:30

Lunch: Tori Oso

Learning Journey 9: Regenerative 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 sequesters Carbon through high density grazing techniques of its animals, 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.

Cost: ZAR200

Time: 09:00 – 16:00

Registration closes 31 May 2018, 23:59



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.

MasterClasses will give early career researchers and practitioners (i.e. students or those with less than ten years’ experience) from South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world a chance to interact closely with international experts in adaptation. Participants do not necessarily have to attend the conference.

The MasterClasses are a mix of academically-oriented and more practical sessions:

  • Academic: Quality time with a leading academic thinker, for facilitated discussion around key concepts. These may have prescribed reading or other preparatory activities.
  • Practical: Training or methodology focused, such as ‘how to…’ or the principles of engaged research.

When: Friday 22 June 2018, from 09:00 until 16:00.

Where: SANBI Centre for Biodiversity Conservation (CBC) in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Cost: ZAR200

Who: Students and early career researchers and practitioners. Space is limited to 80 participants.

Structure: The day will start at 09:00 will start with a plenary welcome and networking exercise in the morning, and lunch will be provided. The day will be split with morning (10:00 – 12:00) and afternoon (14:00 – 16:00) parallel sessions. Each participant can join two sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). This will keep the Classes small (16 participants) and highly interactive.


The MasterClasses aim to give early career researchers and practitioners (i.e. students or those with less than ten years’ experience) from South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world a chance to interact closely with international experts in adaptation. To support this aim, 100 applications will be taken, from which 80 participants will be selected. In other words, applications will be screened to ensure participants are in the early stages of their career.

Key dates:

–              28 March 2018: Applications open for 100 applications

–              23 April 2018: Applications closed

–              30 April 2018: Applicants notified of their acceptance/ shortlisted status.

Successful applicants will be required to pay the registration fee (ZAR200) to confirm their spot.

When applying, the applicant must indicate their first, second and third choices for the MasterClasses. Selected applicants will then be allocated to two of these.

MasterClasses PROGRAMME

View more information about each class here: MasterClasses information

Registration for the MasterClasses has closed


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 and vibrant African dancing.

Day  : Wednesday 20 June

Cost  : ZAR 600.00

We will be serving a vegetarian platter with 14 African dishes.

For more about Gold, visit this link

Book your place when you register for the conference.

Over 230 Participating Organisations

The conference has already attracted the committed participation of over 231 organisations from around the world. 


Extended abstracts for conference proceedings

We will be launching a call for extended abstracts by mid May. You will be notified of the call through the newsletter and twitter. Those who wish to be part of this process will each be expected to review at least 2 extended abstracts and provide feedback to the authors. Authors will then be asked to submit the accepted abstracts soon after the conference, for publishing before the end of the year.

What is an Extended Abstract?

Extended Abstracts are short pieces of original work, based on your accepted abstract. An extended abstract is not simply a long abstract. An extended abstract should contain references, comparisons to related work, proofs of key theorems and other details expected in a research paper. An extended abstract is a research paper whose ideas and significance can be understood in less than an hour. Writing an extended abstract can be more demanding than writing a research paper.

They are restricted to 1,500 words and 3 figures and/or tables.
Your paper should be structured as shown in the following order.
• Title
• Authors’ by-lines
• Authors’ affiliations and addresses
• Abstract
• Keywords
• Main body of paper
• Conflicts of Interest
• Acknowledgements
• Notes
• References
• Authors’ biographies and photos
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