EVENT: PRISE at Adaptation Futures 2018

Researchers from across the PRISE team participated at a vibrant Adaptation Futures 2018 in Cape Town in June. Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), and is a leading international climate change adaptation conference where participants from around the world attend to learn and inspire. The conference is highly influential not only in setting research agendas, but also in terms of its influence with the UNFCCC and the IPCC’s sixth assessment report.

PRISE participation at panels and events at the conference included:

Eva Ludi, PRISE Principal Investigator, was a member and Elizabeth Carabine, former PRISE Co-Principal Investigator and Project 3 lead, was a key note speaker at a panel on ‘Mapping the frontiers of adaptation research and practice’. This event included participants from other large-scale research and practice programmes, including CARIAA, CDKN, FCFA, PROVIA. The aim of the panel was to identify the frontiers of climate change adaptation research in the global south, and to jointly identify priorities going forward. Elizabeth also joined Evans Kituyi, from IDRC, and others in a panel and roundtable on ‘Hotspots 2.0: Innovation for Climate Resilient Development’.

Eva Ludi and Elizabeth Carabine at the session on ‘Mapping the frontiers of adaptation research and practice’

Eva Ludi chaired a session on ‘Harnessing Climate Resilient Economic Transformation in Semi-arid Lands’, at which Elizabeth Carabine joined PRISE Research Associate Catherine Simonet to present key research from Project 3 on Value Chain Analysis for Resilience in Drylands (VC-ARID). The session explored the evidence base and policy environment, as well as exploring ways to shift the narrative away from characterising marginalised areas, including semi-arid regions, as vulnerable and poor towards recognising the opportunities and inherent capacities they have to adapt to change.

Cheikh Wade, coordinator for PRISE in Senegal and Burkina Faso at IED en Afrique, participated and contributed evidence from PRISE project 2 on ‘Migration, remittances, adaptation and resilience in arid and semi-arid regions of Senegal and Tajikistan’ in sessions on ‘Migration & Displacement in Climate Hotspots: Adaptation or Loss and Damage’ and on ‘Evidence-based Guiding Principles for developing Adaptation Pathways to inform adaptation policy and practice in Africa and Asia’.

Ayesha Qaisrani, PRISE Research Associate at SDPI and a gender focal point, who presented research evidence from PRISE project 1 on ‘Migration futures in Asia and Africa: climate change and climate-resilient economic development’ at a session on: ‘What enables the adaptation of women in climate hotspots?

 Nathalie Nathe, PRISE consortium manager at ODI and Lancelot Ehode, PRISE KMC Officer and M & E focal point at IED en Afrique, joined colleagues from CARIAA at an event on ‘Research for Impact: Dynamic approaches, experiences and lessons on research uptake’. At the session, PRISE highlighted its use of Outcome Mapping as system to monitor and evaluate stakeholder engagement and Research into Use.






Nathalie Nathe, PRISE consortium manager at ODI and Lancelot Ehode, PRISE KMC and M & E focal point at IED en Afrique presenting on Research into Use

Florence Crick, PRISE Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at GRI leading PRISE Project 4 on ‘Enabling environment for private sector/multi-stakeholder action to strengthen resilience to climate change’, showcased on PRISE research at a presentation on How do African SMEs respond to climate risks? Evidence from Kenya and Senegal’. Florence, Kate Gannon, PRISE Research Officer at GRI working on Project 4, Claire Bedelian, PRISE consultant, and Estelle Rouhaud, PRISE Research Project Officer at GRI, also participated at a panel and lecture on ‘Private adaptation in semi-arid lands’. They distilled broad lessons from PRISE about the policies, institutions and other investments that can enable climate-resilient development across a broad spectrum of actors by highlighting insights from their PRISE policy brief on ‘Supporting private adaptation to climate change in semi-arid lands in developing countries’.


Florence Crick presenting PRISE research evidence at a session on ‘Private adaptation in semi-arid lands’

Claire Bedelian, PRISE consultant working mainly on Project 5 on ‘Property rights, investments and economic development in the context of climate change in semi-arid lands’, participated in a session on the ‘Role of land tenure in pastoralist climate change adaptation strategies and investment options’ and presented PRISE evidence on Kajiado, in Kenya.

Discussions and panels took place in a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere, with PRISE researchers participating in numerous rich conversations and making new connections. A range of PRISE research evidence and materials were available at the CARIAA exhibition stand, including working papers, policy briefs, reports, USB drives, posters, films and infographics.


A PRISE documentary on agriculture, water and climate in Burkina Faso screened at the AF2018 CARIAA exhibition stand



Main image: Inaugural address at Adaptation Futures, by Nathalie Nathe/ PRISE