Adaptation Futures 2018, the fifth in the Adaptation Futures international conference series on global adaptation, was held in Cape Town from 18 to 21 June. The conference aimed to facilitate dialogues for solutions between key actors from diverse perspectives and regions and attracted over 1300 scientists, practitioners, business leaders and policymakers from around the world.  183 sessions were held, including 160 innovative and participatory special sessions, designed and run by key stakeholder organisations. 

This is the first time the conference was held on the African continent. We used this setting to foreground developing country adaptation issues and increase developing world participation. Funding was raised to support the access of  over 180 sponsored delegates from lower income countries and/or Africa.

See the full programme of sessions AF18 sessions while the post conference  session overviews can be found herearranged by session number.

See all uploaded presentations  herearranged by session number.

See some of the photos here.

See the videos of 5 interviews and three plenary sessions here.

See the videos from the Community Kraal here: https://vimeo.com/album/5351446

Delegates were able to view the responses of local artists to the realities of climate change, as well as join in the Community Kraal, which focused on the lived experiences of climate change. The Adaptation Expo showcased the work of 24 organisations actively involved in responding to climate change.  Over 130 volunteers from local based organisations contributed their time and skills to making the conference run smoothly.

Carbon offsets.  Cconference delegates voluntarily offset 577tCO2e and contributed R69,232 to three projects supported by Credible Carbon.

Key messages from Adaptation Futures 2018

Adaptation is context specific.

It is vital to put adaptation in the context of people’s lives, taking a holistic view of all risks and existing trends.

To do: encourage practitioners and researcher interaction.

 

Increasing and improved monitoring and evaluation of adaptation is required.

Evaluation information is necessary to spread best practices, but also to know for whom adaptation is “working” and who is being left out. However, there is no one-size-fits-all set of indicators or methods to measure adaptation.

 

Inclusive governance is the basis of adaptation.

Devolution of authority or more inclusive governance elements can promote positive adaptation outcomes for the most vulnerable. “Communities” are not homogenous entities.

To do: ensure that research and projects acknowledges diversity and power dynamics within communities and households.

Adaptation needs local participation.

Best practices are bottom up, informed by models but not informed by local risk perceptions and priorities and include transparency, co-production, and trust.

To do: include vulnerable communities in all aspects of adaptation responses, from project planning to designing deliberative spaces where actors can continuously meet to discuss local adaptation efforts.

Don’t forget the most vulnerable

Marginalized groups, specifically, women, those without land rights, and people from minority religions, people living in conflict situations or under difficult governance conditions should not be passed over.

What is transformation and when is it positive?

This was a hot topic at Adaptation Futures 2018 and needs ongoing attention.

Adaptation Futures 2018 Conference Proceedings

These comprise 41 extended abstracts of new research first presented at the conference. Well done to the authors!

AF18 Conference Proceedings

AF18 Insights from Africa

Insights from the reports of over 100 African rapporteurs at the conference

AF18 Insights from Africa

Conference Themes

Conference Aims

The Adaptation Futures conference series since 2010

STEERING COMMITTEE

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
Barney Kgope

Barney Kgope

Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)
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)

CORE TEAM

Top row: Sophie Sidem; Helga Campos; Ryan Fortune; Rabia Karriem; Ruwadzano Nhamoinesu

Bottom row: Karen Fosseus; Masixole Langa; Leslie Ashburner; Alexa Brown

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