In October 2013, two back-to-back conferences will be held in Africa, provided a unique opportunity for scientists, policymakers and other stakeholders to strengthen the ability of African climate science to support regional climate resilience and adaptation policies and decisions. Together they enhanced collaboration amongst climate scientists, match scientific priorities to key climate and development challenges, and forge enduring links between scientists and policymakers. The two conferences were:
- The Africa Climate Conference 2013 (ACC2013), which held in Arusha, Tanzania, from 15 – 18 October 2013 and highlighted Frontiers in African Climate Science Research and Applications. The aim of ACC2013 was to bring together stakeholders to craft an Africa-wide agenda for climate research and to explore climate research priorities, identify information needs for early warning and adaptation, enhance the networking of climate scientists, and support capacity development. The first of its kind, this conference was being organized by the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC), the University of Dar es Salaam, and the World Climate Research Programme. For more details and to register, please visit .
- The other conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA–III) took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 21 – 23 October 2013. The theme of this year’s conference was “Africa on the rise: can the opportunities from climate change spring the continent to transformative development?” CCDA-III prominently featured the outcomes of the Arusha conference that immediately preceded it.