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African Futures under climate change - what can we learn from local adaptation strategies to handle the climate crisis? 
Cyrus Samimi (University of Bayreuth)
Han van Dijk (Wageningen University)
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Environment and Geography (x) Climate Change (y)
Neues Seminargebäude, Tagungsraum/Stehkonvent
Thursday 1 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

The climate crisis to which African countries have been contributing least is hitting Africa to a huge extend. Local knowledge of coping with climatic uncertainties is often lost. The panel aims to discuss local adaptation strategies and their importance for climate change adaptation.

Long Abstract:

Africa´s contribution to climate change has been insignificant but many countries in Africa are hit very strong by the climate crisis. Rising temperatures modify the distribution of diseases, sea level rise is a threat for densely populated coasts, frequent droughts, and heavy rainfall events impact many regions frequently. Often the climate crisis is coming on top of other crisis like the political situation in the Sahel or the Horn of Africa. Beside the global climate injustice, also injustices in Africa are strong because the livelihoods of poorer parts of the societies are much stronger affected by the climate crisis. Global events such as the current war in Ukraine but also previous droughts in Ukraine and Russia, the largest grain producers, shows the dependency on food imports, and the need to diversify and reduce external dependencies. The growing population and the rapid urbanisation cause additional challenges for food production. In this context sea level rise and frequent floodings also have huge impacts on urban food production. African dryland climates have always been characterized by large variabilities in rainfall. Therefore, people have strategies to cope with uncertainties. The colonization and modernization often caused the loss of indigenous knowledge of adaptation strategies, knowledge which would be very important in the current situation of the climate crisis which increases variabilities and uncertainties. The panel aims to address adaptation strategies on a local level to cope with the climate crisis. It explicitly asks for contributions with transdisciplinary approaches.

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Session 1 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -