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    The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Africa?


    admin | 2014-07-30 | 3.2 MB | details

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever. The Fifth Assessment Report ( ), which the IPCC is releasing in four parts between September 2013 and November 2014, is the work of 830 expert authors, from 85 countries. Its first three volumes already stretch to 5,000+ pages.


    Now the Climate and Development Knowledge Network ( and Overseas Development Institute ( have released a succinct guide to the assessment for decision-makers in Africa.


    The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Africa?  distils the richest material on climate impacts and trends in Africa, and African experiences in adaptation and mitigation, from the thousands of pages of the Fifth Assessment Report. The expert research team has worked under the guidance of IPCC Coordinating Lead Authors and Reviewers to ensure fidelity to the original material.


    The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Africa? aims to make the IPCC’s important material more accessible and usable to African audiences. This guide responds to wide demand for region-specific information.


    The guide is part of a suite of materials to promote the key findings of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. Forthcoming companion volumes will provide a digest of IPCC findings for: South Asia; Latin America; and Small Island Developing States. Please visit from 16 July 2014, to access a range of resources, including free-to-use images and infographics.


  • GIZC - Bulletin d’information - Janvier-Février 2014


    admin | 2014-05-13 | 225.3 KB | details

    Identification des projets pilotes par les communautés de base dans les 4 sites du projet GIZC

    En vue de permettre leur implication dans la mise en oeuvre de la GIZC, les communautés locales ont été invitées a proposer des projets. Après analyse et discussions, les propositions suivantes ont été retenues :

    •Zone de Saint Louis : le Gandiole – le Gandon - La langue de Barbarie. Un grand projet de gestion des déchets y sera mis en oeuvre. Ce projet consistera à transformer les GIE CETOM, (Collecte Evacuation et Traitement des Ordures Ménagères) en charge de la gestion communautaire des ordures, en entreprises sociales et répliquer l’expérience dans les autres zones.

    •Zone de Malika : un projet de reboisement sera effectué dans une ancienne carrière de sable.

    •Zone de Joal : l’accent sera mis sur des activités de communication et de sensibilisation. Pour mener à bien ces activités, des contacts ont été pris avec des organisations actives à Joal notamment l’ONG APTE, et l’Association JVE (Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement) afin de mieux impliquer les jeunes.

    • Zone de Mbour: Commune de Mbour et collectivités rurales du département : Warang - Nianing - Mballing- Pointe Saréne : un (1) projet sur la gestion des déchets avait été proposé par le comité local. Pour lancer les premières activités, un focus sera mis sur les plages avec la mise en place de Comités de Salubrité des Plages et le lancement d’une communauté de pratique.

  • Mise en Place d’une Communauté de Pratiques à Mbour - Rapport de la première Phase


    admin | 2014-04-08 | 367.1 KB | details

    Pour parler de Communauté de pratique (CP), il y a essentiellement trois (03) éléments 

    incontournables que sont : le domaine, la communauté, la pratique. Selon le contexte, les CP 

    peuvent également prendre des formes différentes qui allient une taille grande, moyenne ou 

    petite, ainsi qu’un modèle organisationnel spécifique. Certaines CP ont un caractère local 

    quand d’autres rayonnent sur des espaces géographiques plutôt larges. Une CP peut être de 

    type formel ou simplement informel, mais cela comporte également des enjeux en termes 

    d’appui notamment financier dont elles peuvent bénéficier pour mener leurs activités. 

  • Processus de Mise en Place d’une Communauté de Pratiques à Mbour


    admin | 2014-04-08 | 269.3 KB | details


  • Rapport Final - ENDA_"Agriculture, Changement Climatique et Responsabilité Sociétale des Organisations"


    admin | 2013-09-01 | 4.2 MB | details

    "Initiative Savoirs, Culture et Développement Durable" 

    Première édition intitulée "Agriculture, Changement Climatique et Responsabilité Sociétale des Organisations"

  • Changement Climatique, Agriculture et Responsabilité Sociétale des Organisations: Note conceptuelle et Agenda


    admin | 2013-05-11 | 882.5 KB | details

    Note conceptuelle et Agenda

  • Climate Change, Agriculture and Corporate Responsibility: Event concept note and agenda


    admin | 2013-05-11 | 820.0 KB | details

    Event concept note and agenda

  • Second newsletter out: Insights of some of the main research activities carried out so far during 2012 by CALESA’s partnership


    fmannke | 2013-02-19 | 1.1 MB | details

    The second CALESA newsletter has been published and is available!

  • First newsletter out: Improving farming in Eastern and Southern Africa


    fmannke | 2013-02-18 | 396.2 KB | details

    The first CALESA newsletter has just been published and is available!

  • Presentation: In the context of the „African Climate Teach-In Day“


    fmannke | 2013-02-18 | 1.8 MB | details

    Presentation to introduce the African context related with climate change, together with the main goals of CALESA project. 

  • Adapting agriculture to climate change - CALESA project informations


    fmannke | 2013-02-18 | 545.7 KB | details

    Developing promising strategies using analogue locations in
    Eastern and Southern Africa (CALESA project).

  • Gendering local climate adaptation


    admin | 2013-02-05 | 163.7 KB | details

    Empirical evidence suggests that climate change will hit women disproportionately hard.

    Lack of political power, small economic resources, gender-bound patterns in the division of labour, entrenched cultural patterns and possibly biological differences in heat sensitivity combine to make women and girls particularly vulnerable to extreme

    weather and other climate-related events. Adaptation responses will likely reduce some of these vulnerabilities. However, just as climate change is likely to impact more severely on women than men, the costs and benefits of adaptation could be unevenly distributed between the sexes. Unless adaptation measures are carefully designed from a gender perspective, they may contribute to preserving prevailing gender inequalities and reinforce women’s vulnerability to climate change. Institutions and decisionmaking processes need to be remodelled so as to guarantee that gender issues are adequately targeted within adaptation. This article identifies a number of methodologies and decision tools that could be used to mainstream gender in local adaptation planning.



    admin | 2012-02-14 | 685.6 KB | details

    In Maradi district (Niger), more than 80% of the population is composed of farmers practicing a rain fed agriculture. However, because of climate variability and changes, rainfall has become uncertain, either coming too early, too late, too much or too little. On the other hand, seasons are becoming shorter and annual temperatures more extreme. During previous field visit and survey in January 2007 among Maradi district communities (Tibiri, Maradawa and Gabi), an alarming report stated the following: over 50% of interviewed farmers said that they entirely consume their harvest just after three months! During the remaining nine months in the year and before the next harvest, these communities used to develop small irrigation and income generating activities from fruit and vegetables they produced. But, because of climate variability and change, these farmers are facing a tremendous challenge in fetching surface and ground water for irrigation. As a result, any adaptation strategy via irrigation became so costly (mainly because of high oil prices and difficult access to energy services) that it is out of many small farmers’ reach. In order to ensure their food security, these communities generally settle for some coping mechanisms including social networking, solidarity and alternative livelihoods, small-scale irrigation or migration. However, irrigation has become less productive because of water scarcity and higher minimum annual temperatures. The only one river (Goulbi) flowing across Maradi city and which use to flow for at least six months after the raining season, is now flowing for only one to two months because reduction in annual regional rainfall and also because of a dam1 set upstream in Nigeria a neighbouring country of Niger. Combination of all these stressors makes Maradi district frequently exposed to food insecurity. In this case, communities tend to implement several coping mechanisms to ensure their food security. This paper attempts to understand these coping mechanisms so as to inform policy and decision makers at all levels in the exploration of ways and means of adding value on some of these coping mechanisms to transform them into adaptation. Because of the trans-boundary linkages that it implies, this paper shows that adaptation to climate change should no longer be considered only as a local but multi scale, multi level process.

    Key words: food security, adaptation, coping mechanism, social capital, and policy process

  • Why mainstreaming gender into community- based climate change adaptation is a priority


    admin | 2012-02-06 | 712.0 KB | details

    The need to mainstream gender in response to the impacts of climate change is recognised globally. This is usually linked to differential vulnerability to climate change. Mainstreaming also needs to include how climate change impacts on gender relations, which in turn can determine the success of a household’s or community’s adaptation responses.

  • Symposium - Call for papers


    admin | 2010-12-05 | 154.5 KB | details

    The deadline for submitting proposals for Symposium consideration is January 3rd 2011. Proposals should be submitted as an abstract – maximum 300 words. Please e-mail abstracts and/or questions by e-mail to:

  • Symposium flyer


    admin | 2010-12-05 | 216.6 KB | details

    A one page flyer to download. You can print off or email to let others know about the symposium.

  • Women as key players in climate adaptation


    jnnam | 2010-12-01 | 693.2 KB | details

    Global debates identify the need to mainstream gender into climate change analysis, in relation to risk analysis, perceptions of vulnerability, experiences and coping mechanisms. The justification for this is that gender often dictates who gains and who loses in environmental disasters. This issue of Joto Afrika provides case studies of local knowledge in action across Africa, and success stories from research to showcase how gender analysis and representation are involved in climate adaptation. Drawing from these, there are several implications for climate adaptation in Africa.

  • Towards a characterisation of adaptive capacity: a framework for analysing adaptive capacity at the local level


    josephinelofty | 2010-11-22 | 337.1 KB | details

    Interest is growing in supporting vulnerable people and communities to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate, and there is a general assumption that there are close links between development and adaptation. Yet our understanding of the impacts that development interventions have on adaptive capacity at the local level remains limited. Most development interventions are not designed with a climate change ‘adaptation’ label, but it is likely that they influence communities’ capacity to adapt to changing shocks and trends – whether as a result of climate change or other pressures associated with development (see Jones et al., 2010). A framework for understanding and assessing adaptive capacity at the local level is needed to begin to understand how it can be supported through wider development processes at both local and national levels. Such a framework may in time serve as a platform to monitor progress, identify needs and allocate development resources to enhance a system’s ability to adapt to change.

  • Kenya: Villagers get skills on sunflower


    wamuthoni | 2010-11-02 | 60.5 KB | details

    As local communities in Kenya continue to depend on natural resources for their day to day activities, the resources will become depleted with time. The depletion will lead to other environmental disasters like drought. Tree Is Life's intervention is working with groups to seek other alternative sources of livelihood other than the non-renewable natural resources. I met a local women’s group that locally produces oil and soap from the sunflower plant. The group receives technical skills from the Tree Is Life Trust's field officer Mr. Simon on such innovative income generating activities. The group plants sunflower, squeezes oil out of the seeds, makes soap out of the oil and the seed residue is used to feed their group's poultry. The group is reaping the benefits of the project as they sell the produced oil and soap. It also operates a poultry farm. Tree Is Life trust also taught them on group formation and organization. The trust has also worked with many other groups on income generating by giving them training and small grants to support their projects. Other projects have included fish farming, bee keeping, the growing of fruits and working with environmental resource centers. This income generating activities lessen the dependence on the natural resources and acts as an alternative to the other incomes generated from the destruction of the resources like charcoal burning.

  • Food Insecurity and Climate Change Adaptation in NIGER


    moussa-na-abou | 2010-10-12 | 281.4 KB | details

    This document is a power point presentation made during the 4th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation in Dar Es Salam - Tanzania. The document highlights some of the coping strategies undertaken by communities in Maradi (Niger) in the event of food insecurity caused by climate changes. Policy makers can then build any adaptation strategy on these existing coping mechanisms to insure involvement and appropriation by communities.

  • Consultation version: ACCRA's Local Adaptive Capacity Framework (LAC)


    josephinelofty | 2010-10-01 | 288.5 KB | details

    Consultation version of the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance's Local Adaptive Capacity Framework

  • Responding to a changing climate: Exploring how disaster risk reduction, social protection and livelihoods approaches promote features of adaptive capacity


    josephinelofty | 2010-08-30 | 868.9 KB | details

    This paper reviews how aspects of disaster risk reduction, social protection and livelihoods approaches may act in contributing to the various features of adaptive capacity in the context of climate change.

  • Africa Adapt newsletter: July 2010 (English version)


    admin | 2010-07-30 | 3.6 MB | details

    This is the AfricaAdapt newsletter for July 2010.

  • Weathering the storm: adolescent girls and climate change


    jnnam | 2010-06-01 | 3.4 MB | details

    The impacts of climate change – whether they are gradual changes in weather patterns aggravating chronic drought and food security, or the more rapid onset emergencies such as cyclones and floods – are different for different populations. While inevitably children everywhere are badly affected, the report illustrates how girls, in particular, are bearing the greatest burden.

  • Collecting Narratives


    narradapt | 2010-04-02 | 2.3 MB | details

    Quick notes and tips on how to collect narratives, what to ask and for what purposes