Conference contributions

Africa Water Week 2018 | 29th October – 2nd November 2018 | Libreville, Gabon

James Cullis from Aurecon and Chris Jack from CSAG presented at technical breakout session held at Africa Water Week that was entitled ‘Inclusive and sustainable urban water, sanitation and drainage services under climate change – lessons from African cities’. Cullis presented on Integrating climate change into water and sanitation infrastructure. Jack looked at how to integrate climate information into urban planning decisions, using Lusaka as a case study. Both their presentations are available to download and view on the FCFA website: here.

Adaptation Futures 2018 – Dialogues for Solutions | 18th-21st June 2018 | Cape Town, South Africa

Adaptation Futures 2018 brought together scientists, practitioners, business leaders and policy makers from a wide range of perspectives and regions to discuss adaptation solutions. It was the fifth in the Adaptation Futures international conference series on global adaptation. The FRACTAL team wrote a paper on the embedded researcher approach, which has had a central role in the project. You can download their paper from the conference proceedings here: ‘Working towards climate-resilient cities in southern Africa through an Embedded Researcher approach’.

CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference | 5-7th March 2018 | Edmonton, Canada

Victor Indasi from the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town presented some of the findings from FRACTAL’s climate science research at the Cities IPCC conference in March. You can view his poster here: ‘Projected Impacts of Climate Extremes over Selected African Coastal Cities’. The poster included findings from research models that CSAG ran for several southern African coastal cities, including three cities involved in the FRACTAL project: Cape Town and Durban in South Africa, and Maputo in Mozambique.

18th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium | 25-27th October 2017 | Swakopmund, Namibia

A research team within FRACTAL undertook work on a question that came out of the first Learning Lab: “What climate information is needed for infrastructure design in Windhoek?” The conference paper, Integrating climate change information into long-term planning and design for critical water-related infrastructure in Windhoek and other African cities, was based on the outcomes of this work.

14th International Water Association Specialist Conference on Watershed and River Basin Management | 9-11th October 2017 | Kruger National Park, South Africa

Rebecca Illunga from Aurecon presented work that the team has been undertaking in Lusaka, winning best prize with her poster: ‘Climate Resilient Decision Making‘.

By the Rivers: Design to Innovate Workshop | May 2017 | Nairobi, Kenya

This workshop introduced students, government representatives, members of the public and private sector and the Nairobi public to Design Thinking as a tool for innovation and solving complex problems. James Cullis from Aurecon outlined the challenge of ‘Building climate resilience through the rehabilitation of urban rivers in Africa’ – in this instance, the Nairobi River.

Resilience for Development: Assessment Methods and Transformation Practices Colloquium | 8-10th May 2017 | Johannesburg, South Africa

A think piece was produced as an output from a mini-workshop held at the Resilience for Development 2017. Building city-region resilience in Africa: lessons from practice collates the ideas that were shared during the session, with a view to contributing to guidance on resilience for practitioners working in African cities.

32nd Annual Conference of South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences | 31st October – 1st November 2016 | Cape Town, South Africa

Victor Indasi, Bruce Hewitson, Chris Jack and Piotr Wolski presented a poster, Climate data in Southern Africa: Agreements and Contradictions. This poster considered twelve freely available datasets as well as highlighting the limitations of current climate data sets and access to meteorological information.

American Meteorological Society 96th Annual Meeting | 10-14th January 2016 | New Orleans, USA

A poster was presented by FRACTAL researchers from SMHI: Evaluation of cloud properties in RCA4 CORDEX Africa ensemble.