International Conference on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-arid Africa UNIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, TAMALE, GHANA
AUGUST 6 - 7, 2014

Dates:  Wednesday 06 - Thursday 07 August 2014
Location:  UDS International Conference Centre, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana
Co-organisers: United Nations University, University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, University of Ghana, University for Development Studies and Ghana Meteorological Agency
Supported by: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)


Photos on the first day of conference (6 August 2014)
Photos on the second day of conference (7 August 2014) Conf_rev.pdff
Photos of the community workshops (8-11 August 2014)


Conference Program and Abstracts can be downloaded.

Travel Information

Travel information to the conference venue is now available.


Adaptation strategies for mitigating impacts of climate and ecosystem changes on developing societies

Coping with global climate and ecosystem changes requires developing countries with weak socioeconomic and resource management regimes to devise adaptation strategies. The project “Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: an Integrated Approach” aims to develop integrated strategies to build a management base that is resilient to the changes and maintains certain socioeconomic and resource levels. Based on the research on climate change events, ecosystems, and governance in the underveloped, semi-arid northern Ghana, the project suggests that effective adaptation strategies involve addressing the issues of rural development as well as floods and droughts risk management along flat plains and the Black Volta River. These should in turn, alleviate the economic disparity between the north and the rapidly growing southern Ghana.

The project investigates climate and ecosystem changes on major crops through field survey and modelling, assesses impacts of the changes on agriculture and rural development and local capacity to cope with flooding and droughts. The research process further leads to development of integrated strategies that enhance resilience of farming communities in northern Ghana to climate and ecosystem changes and eminent disasters. These strategies will eventually crystallalize into the "Ghana Model", which will be applicable to semi-arid regions across Africa.

Topics (Tentative)

In this conference, we are soliciting papers from researchers that feed into our current research thematic focus of the collaborative research in Ghana and Japan.
Suggested topics include the following thematic areas:
Theme 1: Forecast and assessment of climate change impact on agroecosystem (Agroecosystem Resilience):
  • To assess impact on agricultural production/ecosystem
  • To utilize local knowledge/ technology/ species and variety in addressing climate change impacts
  • To maintain diverse ecosystem services
  • To enhance resilience - examples of successful interventions/approaches
Theme 2: Risk assessment of extreme weather hazards and development of adaptive resource management methods (Engineering Resilience):
  • To use existing resources more efficiently
  • To educate local professionals/technical experts
  • To suggest the way forward in developing local resources in order to cope with increasing future demands
Theme 3: Implementing capacity development programs for local communities and professionals (Social Institutions・Technical Capacity Development):
  • To strengthen governance, technical capacity at local and national level
  • To support self-help, cooperative organization, local empowerment
  • To ensure continuity of structures and processes developed during project implementataion phase
  • To build local adaptation and capacity tools for enhanced resilience within communities

Important dates

Abstracts due: 15 May, 2014
Conference registration opens: 1 April, 2014
Outcome notified: 30 May, 2014
Extended abstract* (about 1,000 words): 30 June, 2014
*Guidelines for Extended Abstract Submissions (PDF)
*Travel Fellowship Form-CECAR 2014 (PDF / Microsoft Office Word / Microsoft Office Word 97-2003 )
A limited number of Travel Fellowships will be made available exclusively to students and post docs from Ghana and neighboring countries whose paper or poster submission is accepted. Travel Fellowship applicants must first submit a paper or poster before submitting a Travel Fellowship application.

Selected papers will be peer reviewed and published in a special journal issue and/or an edited volume of e-book series on sustainability science from Springer.


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