Day 1

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

8:00                  Registration

8:30 – 10:00Simba Hall

Opening Ceremony

Master of Ceremony: Prof. Palamagamba J. Kabudi


08:30 – 08:35   Welcoming Remarks: Seleshi Bekele – ACC2013 SC Co-chair

08:35 – 08:40   Note of Welcome by Local Host: P. Yanda, University of Dar es Salaam

08:40 – 08:55   Guest speaker: Defining a Common Climate Research Agenda for Africa- Addressing Priority Research Gaps to deliver Relevant Climate Services for End-Users in Africa– J. Lengoasa, WMO DSG

08:55 – 09:00  Entertainment – Kings Global Messengers Choir (A special song for the conference)

                     Opening Session

09:00 – 09:05   G. Asrar, Director of WCRP

09:05 – 09:10   Welcome Guest of Honour (President of the United Republic of Tanzania) by Professor Rwekaza S. Mukandala, Vice Chancellor, University of Dar Es Salaam

09:10 – 09:20   ACC2013 Official Opening by the President of the Republic of Tanzania. His Excellency, Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

09:20 – 09:25   Vote of Thanks by Arame Tall – ACC2013 Co-Chair

Press Briefing and Group Photo

10:00 – 10:30   Coffee Break

10:30 – 13:00 Simba Hall

Plenary A1: Grand Challenges & Frontiers of African Climate Research to Inform Adaptation Decision-Making in the 21st Century in Africa

Chair: Seleshi Bekele, ACPC; Moderator: Cheikh Kane, ACMAD

                Part I: Outlining The Grand Challenges (10 min, 5 min Q&A)

10:30 – 10:45   WCRP Grand Science Questions in the Context of AfricaGhassem Asrar, WCRP

10:45 – 11:00    Climate Research Needs for Policy and Development in Africa – Seleshi Bekele, ClimDev-Africa /ACPC

11:00 – 11:15    Research gaps and needs to address the initial 4 GFCS priority areas in AfricaFilipe Lucio, GFCS

11:15 – 11:30    Climate Science Research Frontiers in Africa-Priorities Based on Societal NeedsRichard  Anyah, UCC

11:30 – 11:45    Report of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report – Assessment of climate variability and change over AfricaMxolisi Shongwe, SAWS, and Joseph Kanyanga, Zambia Meteorological Department

11:45 – 12:00    Break

                     Part II: Pan-African Climate Research Programs to meet the Grand Challenges of African Climate Research

12:00 – 12:50   Panel Discussion: Lessons Learnt from current large-scale research programs in Africa to Inform Adaptation Decision-Making – Remaining gaps

12:50 – 13:00   ACC2013 Conference Objectives & Strategy to Advance Climate Research FrontiersArame Tall, CCAFS


13:00 – 14:00     Lunch Break


14:00 – 18:30

Parallel sessions B1-B2

B1: Modelling and Predicting Climate Impacts

B2: Mainstreaming Climate Services


14:00 – 18:30Mbayuwayu Room

Parallel session B1: Modeling and Predicting Climate Impacts

Chair: Jim Hansen               Moderator: Ousmane Ndiaye, ANACIM

14:00 – 14:15    A simple explanation for the complex variations in the late 20th century climate of the Sahel - Alessandra Giannini, IRI

14:15 – 14:30    The importance of and findings from integrated climate-health projects in Africa: towards the establishment of ‘epiclimatology’?Andy Morse, U. Liverpool

14:30 – 14:45   Rainfall and RVF emergence in Senegal: beyond twenty years of investigation, lessons learned and perspectives in the climate change context – Jacques-Andre Ndione, Senegal Ecological Monitoring Center

14:45 – 15:00   The ECMWF/ICTP pilot operational dynamical malaria forecasting system in Africa – Adrian Tompkins, ICTP

15:00 – 15:30   Use of the crop model SarraH to understand the climatic determinants of sorghum yields interannual variability in central Kenya and evaluate yields predictability – Nathalie Philippon, U. Bourgogne

15:30 – 15:45   Evaluating farmer adaptation strategies to climate change in Northern Benin: The use of APSIM Model – Akominon Mathias Tidjani, University of Parakou, Benin

15:45 – 16:00   Assessing and improving the current adaptation strategies of livestock farmers to climate change: a case study in Burkina FasoThierry Sanou

16:00 – 16:30                                              Coffee Break

16:30 – 16:45   Climate Change and Electricity Consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa: Any Causal Dynamics? – Anderson Kipkoech, University of Eldoret, Kenya

16:45 – 17:00   The Economic Impact of Climate Change on Road Infrastructure in Ghana – Daniel Kwabena Twerefou, University of Ghana

17:00 – 17:15    Climate Change and Electricity Consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa: Any Causal Dynamics?Justice Tai Mensah, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

17:15 – 17:30    Use of CORDEX to Evaluate Present and Future Dam Operation Policies for the Hydroelectric Power Industry in East AfricaKara Smith, North Carolina State University

17:30 – 17:45   Evidence-Based Climate Risk Management under uncertainty: A case study from the Niger River Basin – Aondover Tarhule, University of Oklahoma

17:45 – 18:00   Risks and adaptation strategies to climate change: synthesis of 14 cases studies in West Africa – Timothée Ourbak, AGRHYMET CILSS

18:00 – 18:30   Discussion and Session Conclusions: Summary of Knowledge, Gaps and Recommendations



14:00 – 18:30Tausi Room

Chair: Youcef Ait-Chellouch                          Moderator: Arame Tall

14:00 – 14:15    Building the channels and approaches to develop integrated community-based climate services: An exchange demonstration in Mbeere, Kenya  - Eston Njuki, Christain Aid

14:15 – 14:30    Enhancing Climate Change Information Access to Decision Makers at Local Level Through StorytellingYassin Mkwizu, U. of Dar es Salaam

14:30 – 14:45   The science-policy interface for climate change adaptation: the contribution of communities of practice theoryFelix Iyalomhe

14:45 – 15:00   Climate communication to inform community adaptation decision making - Fiona Percy, CARE

15:00 – 15:30   Climate change gap in Kenya’s education systems – Julius Huho, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga U. of Science and Technology

15:30 – 15:45   What does the economics of adaptation tell us about the needs from climate science?Nicola Ranger, DfID

15:45 – 16:00   Capacity Building Strategy for Mainstreaming Climate Services into Policy Formulation and Decision MakingShakirudeen Odunuga, U. of Lagos

16:00 – 16:30                                              Coffee Break

16:30 – 16:45   Indigenous Knowledge Use in Seasonal Climate Forecasting in Tanzania: The Case of Central Semi-arid TanzaniaEmmanuel Frank Elia, U. of Dar es Salaam

16:45 – 17:00   Toward Co-production of Climate Knowledge for Adaptation in East AfricaMeaghan Daly, U. Colorado

17:00 – 17:15    Integration of indigenous knowledge with modern ICT in coping with effects of climate change and variability on agricultureNaanyu Manei, U. Nairobi

17:15 – 17:30    Challenges for bridging the divide between scientific and traditional knowlesge systems of climate prediction in the Taita Hills, KenyaTino Johansson, International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology

17:30 – 17:45   Understanding Information Communication Strategies among Farmers for Effective Utilization of Climate Research and Forecast in the Niger-Delta, NigeriaOnwuemele Andrew, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research

17:45 – 18:30   Discussion and Session Conclusions: Summary of Knowledge, Gaps and Recommendations


19:00 – 20:00     Side Events S1-S2

                        S1: Africa Development Bank Pilot Program for Climate Resilience

                        S2: NORWAY GFCS Project Launch Event

19:00 – 20:00   Side Event S1 – Africa Development Bank Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (Manyara Hall)

                     Integrating Climate Science into National Development Planning: Lessons Learned from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) – Samba B. Tounkara, ClimDev Africa

19:00 – 20:00   Side Event S2 – NORWAY GFCS Project Launch Event (Twiga Room)

Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa –Building Resilience in Disaster Risk management, Food Security, Nutrition and Health – Asuncion St. Clair, CICERO; Marit Viktoria Pettersen, MFA


20:00 – 21:00     Welcome cocktail

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