The Role of Developing Countries in Climate Change Adaptation Dialogue
A Discussion was held at the University of Nairobi, Chiromo Campus on 6th April 2017 on ‘The Role of Developing Countries in Climate Change Adaptation.’ The aim of the dialogue was to collect issues that are important to developing countries with regards to climate change adaptation that will inform the scoping process for the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report (IPCC AR6).
The ICHA (International Center for Humanitarian Affairs), the University of Nairobi and Red Cross Red Crescent Movement were involved in the discussion.
The panellists that spearheaded the discussion included: Professor Shem Wandiga, Director University of Nairobi-Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation, Dr. Samwel Marigi – Kenya’s IPCC Focal Person, Dr. Maarten Van Aalst- Director Climate Center Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and Dr. Debra Robert- Head Environmental Planning Climate Protect Department, Durban, South Africa and moderated by Idris Ahmed- Acting Director of ICHA.
The high level event explored the Global Policy and what it meant for the developing countries, the Climate Change Adaptations that can be applied in the context of developing countries, the relationship between Urbanization and Climate Change Adaptations and if Kenyans or developing countries are actively involved in Climate Change among others.
“Few African countries participate less in the Authorship of reports in the IPCC and hence it is important that data that is essential and credible is presented to the IPCC secretariat for it to be reviewed by the Authors. Kenya has been involved in the Climate Change in a great way.” Dr. Samwel Marigi answered the question on participation of developing countries in Climate Change.
Dr. Maarten Van Aalst advised that traditional systems are important and effective in Climate Change awareness and that focus should not only be on the scientific findings. He also added that Integrated Risk Approaches have been put in place and Kenya Red Cross has worked with partners to disseminate these approaches to communities.
“Cumulative risks make us (Developing Countries) vulnerable to Climate Change. The future of Climate change is in the civic level and it is our responsibility as communities to tackle the issue of Climate Change.” Idris Ahmed concluded.