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CECAR Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa 2014 Brochure


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CECAR Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa 2014 Brochure

CECAR Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa 2014 Brochure

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  • 1. Japan Osamu SAITO Academic Programme Officer United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, JAPAN Tel: +81-3-5467-1343 (direct) Fax: +81-3-3406-7347 (office) Makiko NAEMURA Programme Officer Arid and Semi-Arid Farming Area Division Rural Development Department Japan International Cooperation Agency 1-6th floor, Nibancho Center Building 5-25, Niban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8012, JAPAN Tel: +81-3-5226-8440 Fax: +81-3-5226-6338 CECAR Africa A SATREPS Project 2011-2016 CECAR-Africa is a project for climate and ecosystem change adaptation and resilience research initiated in 2009. With the financial support from the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS), which is a collaborative program of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the CECAR-Africa is starting a new five-year Resilience Project, which involves seven leading adaptation and resilience research institutes in Ghana and Japan. Contact: Ghana Yasuko KUSAKARI Socio-economist United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) University of Ghana Campus, Legon-Accra, GHANA Tel: +233-28955-6657 Fuyuki SAGARA Senior Representative Japan International Cooperation Agency Ghana Office 2nd Floor, The Elizabeth, No.68A, Senchi Link, Airport Residential Area, Accra, GHANA Tel: +233-302-760781 Fax: +233-302-760954 Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach GHANA METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY Printed: August 2011 Cover Photo: © Arne Hoel/The World Bank Copyright: © 2011 United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace. All Rights Reserved.
  • 2. Theme1 UNIV. OF TOKYO, UNIV. OF GHANA KYOTO UNIV., GHANA METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY Forecast and assessment of climate change impact on agroecosystem AGROECOSYSTEM RESILIENCE  To access impact on agricultural production/ecosystem  To utilize local knowledge/ technology (species)  To maintain diverse ecosystem services Theme2 Risk assessment of extreme weather hazards and development of adaptive resource management methods ENGINEERING RESILIENCE  To use existing infrastructure/ resources  To educate local professionals/technical experts Establishment of Integrated Strategies to Enhancing Resilience UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY, UNIV. FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES Elaboration of an integrated approach to enhancing resilience to climate and ecosystem changes in Northern Ghana/ Semi-Arid Africa. To this end, the following will be presented:  Adaptation strategy options for sustainable agricultural production and resources management (Theme 1)  Ways to enhance engineering resilience based on extreme weather forecasting and risk assessment (Theme 2)  Locally-driven institutional and technical capacity development methods (Theme 3)  Scientific evidence-based Climate and Ecosystem Change Adaptation Model  Contributions to Rio+20: reifying a synergy between three treaties to demonstrate potential solutions to the pressing global issues  Contributions to MDGs: Ensure environmental sustainability; eradicate extreme poverty etc.  Capacity development:Fostering capacity of various stakeholders (community members, local technicians, government officials, NGO workers, researchers, students)  Information dissemination: “Ghana Model” for enhancing resilience, disseminated through various channels including Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) and UN-CECAR networks. Theme3 Implementing capacity development programs for local residents and professionals SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS・TECHNICAL CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT  To strengthen governance, technical capacity  To support self-help, cooperative organization, local empowerment CECAR-Africa As a part of global efforts to tackle impacts of climate and ecosystem changes, we urgently need to over-come vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems in developing countries, especially Africa. This research program aims for three objectives by focusing on the study concerns the vulnerable semi-arid region of northern Ghana where the change impacts have been severely felt in forms of unpredictable floods and droughts and involves practical research consisting of three cores: (1) Forecast and assessment of climate and ecosystem change impact on agricultural production; (2) Risk assessment of extreme weather events and introduction of adaptive water resource management methods; and (3) Planning and implementation of capacity development programs enabling local residents and professionals to utilize the assessment results derived from (1) and (2). The goal of this program is to combine climate change and ecosystem change research and to build an integrated resilience enhancement strategy as a “Ghana model”. This model will be further discussed in a wider international development and environmental policy arena to contribute to the global sustainable development. Local Knowledge, Technology Principal Investigator: Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi Deputy Executive Director, IR3S, University of Tokyo, Vice Rector, United Nations University Social Engineering Climate Modeling EXPECTED OUTPUTS: EXPECTED OUTCOMES: