Adaptation Futures 2018, the fifth in the Adaptation Futures international conference series on global adaptation, was recently held in CT 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.  Over 160 innovative and participatory sessions were held. 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.

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 some of the photos here.

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

Conference Themes

Conference Aims

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)

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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