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Plenary A1: Grand Challenges & Frontiers of African Climate

IMG_4662 World Climate Research Programme: Grand Challenges – Prof. Fredrick Semazzi, Member, WCRP Joint Scientific Committee

  • A Grand Challenge is both highly specific and focused that identifies a specific barrier preventing progress in a critical area of climate science.

  • This focus enables the development of targeted research efforts with the likelihood of significant progress over 5-10 years, even if its ultimate success is uncertain.

  • By being transformative, a Grand Challenge should bring the best minds to the table (voluntarily), build and strengthen communities of innovators that are collaborative and perhaps extend beyond “in-house expertise”.

Research Gaps and Needs to Address Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Priority Areas in Africa – Filipe D. F. Lúcio, GFCS

The GFCS identifies the following research gaps:

  • Actionable climate information and services based on sound science.
  • Communication between communities of scientists and practitioners.
  • Last mile between science products and service-oriented climate information.
  • Lack of seamless suite of climate products for contiguous time scales from weather to centenial climate projections.
  • Limited or unknown predictability for a range of key time-space scales.
  • Lack of comprehensive approaches and experience in dealing with uncertainty.
  • Training and development of next generation of scientists and decision makers’ information.


Success criteria

  • Active engagement of researchers from the climate, applied and social sciences.
  • Identification and engagement of partners in co-design, development and implementation of activities.
  • Mobilization of resources for implementing activities through active engagement of relevant stakeholders.
  • Capacity development to support training and education of scientists and establishing research networks.
  • Continuity of key Earth system observations for process understanding, modelling and analysis.
  • Creation of conducive environments to engage scientists to work together on co-design, development and delivery of products and services.


Climate Research Challenges and Needs for Policy and Development in Africa – Seleshi Bekele Awulachew (PhD)

Suggested the following Priority Areas of Research:

  • Climate and Modeling
  • Vulnerability and adaptation
  • Water and climate
  • Agriculture and climate
  • Health and climate
  • Energy and climate
  • Ecosystem and climate
  • Forest and climate






The 2013 ACC Objectives and Strategies – Arame Tall

  • To identify priority areas of research to respond to end-user needs.
  • To write concrete research proposals to bridge the gap.
  • To develop common agenda on climate research development in Africa.
  • To have a definition of sustainable mechanisms for implementing the agenda.





The Vice-president sets the stage for Africa Climate Conference, 2013 at AICC .

The vice-president of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Gharib Mohamed Bilal, opening the conference officially.

The vice-president of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Gharib Mohamed Bilal, opening the conference officially


Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change. However, it is surprising that it is lagging behind in terms of scientific research on this issue. It is  in the light of this concern that the 2013 climate conference has been organised to addresss the matters related to climate change.


The conference, organized by the World Climate Research centre (ACP) Programme and Africa Climate Policy Centre, has brought together decision makers, climate researchers, and practitioners in order to:

(1)   Identify the state of knowledge.

(2)  Define and drive and Africa agenda for future climate change that will inform adaptation decisions.

(3)  Develop a framework for mainstreaming climate information into decision making and for facilitating network of experts who will evaluate and interpret this knowledge for practical applications in such areas as agriculture, water, climate risks adaptation etc.


The expected outcome of the Conference is a set of concrete research proposals to address the critical gaps in knowledge on climate change in Africa.


Official Opening:

The conference was officiated by Dr. Gharib Bilal, the Vice-president of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Note of Welcome:

The note of welcome was given by the local host, Prof. Yanda, who thanked the international and local organizers and sponsors of the conference. He then welcomed the vice-chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam, Prof. Rwekaza Mukandala. The VC appreciated the honour the UDSM has had to organize the event.  He then called for the guest of honour, His Excellency Dr. Gharib Mohamed Bilal, to give a few remarks. The guest of honour appreciated the fact that the conference had a highly promising agenda and hoped that it will be fulfilled. He said that scientific reports show that cutting down green house gases to lower levels will help to reduce global warming. However, he noted that it is usually easier said than done, and therefore urged the stakeholders to put more efforts to solve this contradiction. He continued pointing out the challenges Africa has been facing due to climate change particularly on agriculture, and the role Tanzania has played so far to deal with issues on it.  He concluded by saying that in the global approaches to deal with climate change, Tanzania prefers a shared vision that unites the countries of the world in building inclusive, fair and effective climate change negotiations, mitigation and adaptation regime.

Vote of Thanks

A vote of thanks was run by Arame Tall, the co-chair, ACC 2013. She pointed out that the participants of the conference are ‘the cream of the creams of Africa climate change researchers’ and hoped that the conference will make a difference by making the work of public service easier through providing early information. However, she noted that there is a need for a full support from African governments in order to make the work a reality.

Honorouble Dr. Arame Tall, the co-chair ACC 2013  proposing a vote of thanks.

 Dr. Arame Tall, the co-chair ACC 2013 proposing a vote of thanks.





AICC Arusha Pre -meeting UDSM team for ACC2013.

UDSM  team   in Arusha    for    ACC2013  just   briefing  meeting  at  AICC  this  morning…


Three Professors from UDSM , from left is Prof Yanda. Prof Luoga and DVC academics Prof Maboko at AICC Arusha.





Launch of Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa

The Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa, which aims to build resilience in disaster risk management, food security, nutrition and health, is being launched 15 October at a special event on the eve of the Africa Climate Conference 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania.

Sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Climate Services Adaptation Programme is a collaborative effort among major international organizations and research institutions to  implement and strengthen the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

The main goal of the Programme is to increase the resilience of people most vulnerable to the impacts of weather and climate-related events in target countries, with a specific focus on Malawi and Tanzania.

The Programme will help build capacity within countries and will support and integrate existing initiatives in climate services, food security, nutri­tion and health as well as disaster risk reduction. The Programme will be a significant opportunity under the GFCS for major international players to work together in a coordinated and holistic way

A key aspect of the work is to draw upon expertise from both social and natural science disciplines in developing community programmes in the fields of food security, nutrition, disaster preparedness and health.

The objectives of the Programme are to produce:

  • At the national level; greater and more effective cross-sectoral planning, co-production and application of climate services;
  • At sub-national to local level; significantly strengthen capacity of end-users to demand, access and benefit from co-produced climate services relevant for food security, nutrition, health and disaster risk reduction
  • At the international level; improved understanding of the effectiveness of the GFCS in climate risk management and adaptation.

Details of the side event:

ACMAD supports young scientists to participate in ACC2013

The African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD), through ViGIRIsC project and its supporting donors (French Global Environment Facility-FFEM, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs) supports more than thirty young scientists to participate in the African Climate Conference 2013 (ACC2013), which will be held in Arusha, Tanzania 15-18 October 2013. The objective of the conference is to bring together stakeholders to address new frontiers of knowledge on the African Climate system, and narrow the communication gap currently existing between African decision-makers and climate scientists with a view to improving climate early warning responses and adaptation in Africa.

ACMAD will have a side event in ACC2013 whereby regional climate centers will promote their services for the risk reduction in the vulnerable Africa. In this event ACMAD will exhibit services and publications.

The Conference will be opened by H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania. World Meteorological Organization Deputy Secretary-General Jerry Lengoasa is guest speaker, with an address on “Defining a Common Climate Research Agenda for Africa: Addressing Priority Research Gaps to deliver Relevant Climate Services for End-Users in Africa.”

ACMAD is the Weather and Climate Centre with African continental competence. It was created in 1987 by the Conference of Ministers of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). ACMAD has been operational in Niamey since 1992. ACMAD is composed of 54 Member States the African countries.


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