Category: Africa Climate

ACC 2013 Poster Prize Winner and his Poster


Dr. Salack Seyni, the winner of ACC 2013 Poster Session standing next to his poster.

a copy of the poster can be downloaded from the link below:


Poster Prize Winner – Dr. Salack Seyni



From the poster session consisting 136 posters, 6 finalists only remained and Dr. Salack Seyni from CLISS/CENTRE REGIONAL AGRHYMET emerged the overall winner.









The winner Dr. Seyni

The winner Dr. Seyni

Plenary A3: State of knowledge, Research Gaps-Towards coordinated pan-African Research- Long Term Planning: Chair- Samba B. Tounkara: Moderator: Mxolisi Shongwe

climate research


Climate Research Needs to guide Water sector Adaptation planning in Africa- Sepo Hachigonta Fanrpan

  • Talks about climate needs to guide the water sector adaptation plan
  • studies done show in 2025 most regions in developing countries will be faced by water issues. Sub-Saharan Africa will have economic impact on the water sector,most of the results are  in the scientific community

How to generate information that can easily be accessed by policy makers and ends users e.g. farmers and other sectors?

  • How to work as a team, multidisciplinary integrated modelers and socio-economic modelers to come up with cohesive measures?


Research Needs on Wetlands Multifaceted Challenges in face of Climate Change : Gueladio Cisse,  Ramsar Convention


Cisse observed the following:

  • There should be ecosystem linkages with health
  • Ramsar convention on wetland in the working group of climate change and wetlands initiatives
  • Wetland and cycles be linked  e.g. Carbon cycle
  • Wetland numbers and statistics are working
  • Projected impact of climate Change on wetlands
  • Convention is a treaty of 164 parties
  • Flood accelerates  disaster
  • To Support t local governments to realize the value of the wet land and manage water infrastructure
  • To engage stakeholders particularly local government actors in workshops.
  • We need to do multidisciplinary research for impacts and for policy

ACC2013: Linking Science and Policy

Policymakers need the best available science in order to craft effective responses to local, national and regional challenges. At the same time, scientists need feedback from policy makers and the wider user community to develop research priorities and respond to stakeholder needs.

The Africa Climate Conference 2013 will strengthen the two-way dialogue between the policy and research communities as the basis for addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with climate variability and change in Africa.

Some of the potential links between climate science and climate policies that the conferences will explore include:

• Managers responsible for public health, water supplies and food production can improve their decisions with better access to short-term climate forecasts (from days to months and seasons). To achieve this, researchers need to improve their understanding of smaller scale phenomena such as convective rain-bearing systems.
• Farmers, disaster-risk managers and other stakeholders need advance warnings of extreme floods and droughts at least six months ahead. To provide such warnings, researchers need to improve seasonal forecasts by, for example, gaining a better understanding of how the El Niño/Southern Oscillation and other global climate patterns affect Africa.
• Investments in transport and energy infrastructure require climate forecasts of at least a decade. Scientists need to increase their understanding of the drivers of natural decadal variability over Africa and its interaction with global climate change.
• Many adaptation measures are based on the local climate of 50-100 years ahead. Researchers need to downscale projections of the future global climate to regional, national and local levels. They must also observe and model regional influences such as land-use and land-cover changes.
• To better understand future impacts, policymakers need to better understand vulnerability to current climate events. This will require more and improved ground-based observation networks in Africa. Better databases are also needed on crop yields, river flows, health related matters admissions and other socioeconomic variables.
• African institutions are closer to the continent’s end-users of climate information, and so need greater capacity to meet complex challenges.

Africa Climate Conference | Arusha Tanzania.


Arusha International Conference Centre

The Africa Climate Conference 2013, organized under the auspices of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC), hosted by the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, will bring together decision-makers and climate researchers, scientists and applications specialists from Africa and around the world to jointly:

Identify the state of knowledge on the African climate system, recognizing current gaps in climate knowledge;
Define and drive an African agenda for future climate research that will inform adaptation decisions out to the mid- to end 21st Century.;
Develop a framework for mainstreaming climate information into decision making, as well as a network of experts who evaluate and interpret this knowledge for practical applications in areas such as agriculture ad food production, water resources management, climate risk management and adaptation planning.
The expected outcome from the Conference is a set of concrete research proposals to address the critical gaps in our knowledge of the African climate system, led by regional and national institutions and experts, to provide science-based climate knowledge that will inform decision-making in Africa in the many sectors affected by climate variability and change.

Conference Themes

  • To support strategic ahead-of-season planning (1-month to 12-months outlook)
  • To support intra-seasonal risk monitoring and management to inform within-season operations (5 to 40 days range)
  • To support longer-term strategic planning/policy development (next 1-10 years)
  • To support Climate change adaptation policy development/planning (next 50 years)
  • Assessing the current vulnerability due to recent climate events
  • Estimation of the impacts of climate variability and change
  • Decision making at local scales
  • Building credibility and confidence in predictions, across timescales- Mainstreaming climate services into policy formulation and decision making, at all timescales

Abstract Submissions

Participants are invited to select a Conference Theme and submit a relevant abstract of at least 500 words and no longer than 1000 words as part of the registration process.

The deadline for abstract submission to the Africa Climate Conference (ACC-2013) is set to May 31, 2013.

Those selected for oral presentations will be notified by July 1st, 2013, and will be invited to produce extended abstracts to be included in the conference proceedings.

Financial Assistance: Limited funding is available to support scientists and researchers to attend the ACC-2013, particularly young Africa-based researchers and female scientists. Preference will be accorded to those whose abstracts have been accepted as an oral or poster presentation. Apply as part of the registration.
CLIVAR-GEWEX Africa Climate Research Network

The CLIVAR-GEWEX Africa Climate Panel has launched a database that aims to strengthen the network of climate scientists in Africa and to serve as an effective way of communicating relevant news and opportunities. For example, we will use it to distribute the WCRP Africa Newsletter, announcements of the ACC2013 and other meetings, training opportunities.

Join the network and create your profile with contact details and areas of expertise: