Call for Participants: Community Based Adaptation and Resilience in East and Southern Africa’s Drylands

The Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa (ALP) is pleased to announce a call for participants for the following learning event:

Community Based Adaptation and Resilience in East and Southern Africa’s Drylands

The impacts of climate change are threatening the livelihoods of already vulnerable pastoralist, agro pastoralist and farming communities in East and Southern African drylands. In order to meet the scale and magnitude of these challenges, where extreme events and recurrent drought will be ongoing features, actors in development, adaptation, disaster risk management, social protection and humanitarian action are recognizing the need to focus on achieving resilient outcomes. Community based adaptation (CBA) to climate change is providing valuable practical approaches and evidence of use for drylands related programmes and policy decisions.

Aim of the learning event:
Bringing together stakeholders from a diverse range of disciplines working with dryland communities across East and Southern Africa, the aim of the event is to facilitate learning from experiences and evidence on climate change adaptation, in particular CBA, and resilience. Participants will co-generate new insights on the links between CBA and achieving resilient development.

The conference will explore:
1. What is the added value that CBA practical experience brings to achieving resilience in dryland communities?

2. How are climate change and related responses exacerbating the entrenched drivers of differential vulnerability among communities living in drylands? What are the barriers and drivers to change?

3. What would an integrated and coherent approach to achieving resilience in vulnerable dryland communities look like?

Download the full conference concept note here.

Target audience: Practitioners working with drylands issues (government, non-government and donors) and researchers, who have knowledge and experiences to share on adaptation and resilience in drylands. Policy makers concerned with East and Southern African drylands are also welcome to register.

Location: ILRI complex, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date: 1st to 4th September 2014

Register: Download the registration form here and email to Sylvia Miyumo to register your interest to participate: alp@careclimatechange.org

Deadline for registration: 10th June at midnight (GMT)

CARE Ethiopia will host the event together with CARE’s Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP), the CGIAR Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security programme (CCAFS) and the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE).