Major natural disasters are becoming more common in Africa, with widespread and prolonged incidents of drought, flooding, fire, and erosion, which in turn can lead to major crop failure, water stress, disease outbreaks and other public health concerns, infrastructure failures, and death. The pathway towards enhanced resilience to these devastating events can seem overwhelming as the numbers of affected peoples grow, putting strain on local to national economies, sometimes requiring external aid, and at times taking years to recover. In this workshop, we will showcase several successful case studies in Africa which have integrated climate data and projections, remote sensing information, in situ observations and local knowledge and worked in partnership with governments, economists, responders, and planning commissions to better prepare for extreme events. We will explore in small groups the integration of expert knowledge with lived experience to create actionable scenarios that can be adapted to participants’ interests while also sharing best practices for engaging stakeholders and implementers in the co-development process.
Name of organizing project/institution: Belmont Forum, START, Centre de Suivi Ecologique
Organizers: Erica Key - Future Earth; Faten Attig Bahar - University of Carthage and Future Earth; Michael Nxumalo - National Research Foundation of South Africa and Future Earth Africa Hub
Pre-registration: Required once registration is complete and paid