As participants from the global adaptation and resilience community gather for the UNFCCC twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) and the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco from November 7 to 18 2016, PRISE researchers from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis (UGB) in Senegal and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Pakistan will lead and take part in panel discussions and debates throughout the conference:

• PRISE researcher Mamadou dit Ndongo Dimé, Head of the Department of Sociology at Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis (UGB), Senegal, will present on research findings from PRISE Project 2 on ‘Migration, remittances, adaptation and resilience in arid and semi-arid regions of Senegal and Tajikistan’ at an official side event on the role of African researchers to address climate change and human mobility, jointly organised with the International Organization for Migration Morocco and the Kingdom of Morocco Conseil National des Droits de l’Homme (CNDH) on Monday, November 7.

• Speakers include Fernanda de Salles Cavedon Capdeville, Researcher-Member of Centre International de Droit Comparé de l’Environnement (CIDCE) and of the South-American network on Environmental migrations (RESAMA), and Abdelkarim Daoud, Geographer, University Professor at the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Letters and Human sciences of Sfax (Tunisia). This event aims to promote collaborative, academic, interdisciplinary and South-South cooperation to inform public policy making processes and action with regards to migration in Africa and globally through: the sharing of information, best practices, to capitalize on existing data and build common reflections on climate change and migration in African countries; by developing linkages between different issues that are often considered independently, such as migration, climate change, sustainable development and human rights.

• PRISE Research Officer Catherine Simonet, from the Overseas Development Institute, will present on PRISE Project 3, which focuses on ‘Harnessing opportunities for climate-resilient economic development in semi-arid lands: adaptation options in key sectors’, and has developed VC-ARID – an innovative, multidisciplinary value chain mapping methodology that specifically targets and engages with the private sector, at a session, organised by the International Development Research Centre, on ‘Ambition, Commitment, ACTION! Perspectives on implementation toward the Paris Agreement’ during the Development & Climate days on Saturday, November 12. Catherine will also present on Project 3, and how its value chain mapping approach is uniquely tailored to better foster climate resilience and adaptation, at a side event on ‘Tailoring and targeting adaptation programming’ on Monday, November 14.

• PRISE Co-Principal Investigator Dr Abid Suleri, Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Pakistan, will be part of the official delegation of the Federal Government of Pakistan. He will also speak on on the implications of a 1.5-degree target and what it means to transition to low carbon and climate resilient development at a side event titled ‘Accelerating Implementation: Transition to Low Carbon and Climate-Resilient Pathways’ on Wednesday, 16th November. The event will be hosted by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Republic of Uganda, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Business for Social Enterprise (BSR), and African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). Abid will be joined by speakers: Hon. Chebet Maikut, Climate Change Commissioner/UNFCCC National Focal Point for Uganda; Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI); Dr. Edward Cameron, Director, Business for Social Responsibility and Dr. Cosmas Ochieng, Executive Director, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS).


Image: Ganj Bux, 80, displaced by heavy floods for almost a year, sits on the ground in a camp for flood victims in Sukkur, in Sindh province, Pakistan, in July 2011.

Photo by Tariq Hussain, Creative Commons License.