On 25 August 2016, the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) organised a side event at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in Nairobi, on the topic of “Enhancing Resilience against Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa through Utilizing Indigenous and Local Knowledge”. The event discussed research findings on biodiversity, ecosystem, and climate change, as well as best practices for enhancing the resilience of Africa’s diverse and vulnerable landscapes.
The event featured speakers and participants from UNU, the University of Tokyo, the University of Ghana, the University for Development Studies (Ghana), UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). It was organised by UNU-IAS in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, the University of Nairobi, and Kenyatta University.
In opening the event, Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Director, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), the University of Tokyo) cited examples from the ongoing UNU-IAS project Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa. This was followed by a speech by Noeline Raondry Rakotoarisoa (MAB) and presentations on projects in Ghana, Kenya, Swaziland, and Tanzania. In his summary remarks, Osamu Saito (UNU-IAS) stressed the importance of promoting local adaptive capacity, livelihood diversification, and good governance systems for reducing the vulnerability of populations in Africa.
A new publication written by UNU-IAS and IR3S, Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) in Africa, was also presented at the event. It compiles case studies from six African countries highlighting issues relating to the status of, trends in, and threats facing SEPLS and what needs to be done for their revitalisation, conservation, and sustainable management.
For more information, see the news story on the UNU-IAS website.