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Symposium on climate change underway

A two days symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa organized by the Center for Environment and Development Studies of the Addis Ababa University opened on the morning of February 22, 2016.

President of Addis Ababa University, Admasu Tsegaye (PhD), Kick started the symposium set to discuss fostering African Climate Resilience and the capacity to adapt with his opening remark.

Chaired by Prof. Walter Leal of the Manchester Metropolitan University and Hamburg University of Applied Science; Prof. Belay Simane of Addis Ababa University and a committee incorporating representatives of 8 African Universities; the symposium featured prominent researchers in the field of climate change adaptation in Africa.

In his opening address, Dr. Admasu Tsegaye stressed the importance of such climate change symposiums in easing the growth and development challenges posed by the phenomenon in Africa. Dr. Admasu went on to state: “Climate change is a global problem – a problem that lies outside the political reach of any one nation state. Accordingly, it requires a collective, global response.”

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He further pointed out that platforms such as the ongoing symposium help present findings and share the wealth of experience available among participants, representatives from various research institutions, universities, NGOS and enterprises from Africa and abroad in the spirit of collective action against the problem.

The symposium will address several key topics in the next two days. These include: implementing climate change adaptation in rural areas, impacts of climate change on agriculture and other tailored topics in relation with Africa. As Prof. Walter Leal expressed in his Keynote speech, the gathering of prominent researchers and field experts on climate change in Africa is key in implementing adaptive measures to curb the problem.

The dialogue aims to discuss methodological approaches and experiences derived from case studies and projects with practical findings in climate change adaptation while providing networking and cooperation opportunities for participants.