10b Sustainability & Africa


It is widely known that Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change. As the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown, climate change is expected to have widespread impacts on African societies, and Africans’ interaction with the natural environment. It is against this background that the second SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN AFRICAis being organised  by the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK),  the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP)

Next Conference: Track 10b

Please look for more information on the track at the 2018 Messina Conference here.



Past Conference

6e African perspective on the old and new world challenges for sustainable development
A total of seven papers were presented during the session on African perspective on the old and new world challenges for sustainable development. The papers presented difference cases in from six countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa, and Ethiopia) in Africa. Two of the papers were presented virtually (video and Skype) from Ethiopian participants. This is a unique method which should be encouraged in future conferences as it promotes inclusive participation. Generally, the papers were practical and prescriptive in outlook with directions for policy implementation and research uptake. The fundamental rigour of research and simplicity of presentation make the session very engaging. The session suggests the need for further research on policy alignment of development outcomes with the sustainable development goals in the African continent. The session also identified education, citizenship empowerment and capacity development as necessary steps for unleashing sustainable development in the continent. The session identified sustainable agricultural systems as the catalysts for transformation to inclusive sustainable development in Africa.

Knowledge Resources

State of the Art:

Recommended Sources:

Africa Sustainable Development Report 2017

LinkedIn Discussions

Recent discourses on the ISDRS LinkedIn discussion group:

February 2017 Annie Goeke posted: Ivory Coast First Climate Change Initiative Project - EcoCity Cocody

April 2017 Moshe Terdiman posted: Another Take on Muslim-Christian Violence in Africa – Professor Hussein Solomon

December 2017 Olawale Olayide posted: Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa, 14-15 May 2018, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Partner Organisations

Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan
Ibadan, Nigeria
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