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West and South Africa -Led Adaptation COP26 Event Report 2021
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Over recent years, the impacts of climate variability and change have been far and wide, with such impacts occurring at different scales. Climate change adaptation plays a central role in minimizing such impacts, especially in regions where mitigation proves inconsequential or difficult. The debate around adaptation is strongly gaining articulation from both the world and Africa’s leading think-tanks such as the Africa Research and Impact Network (ARIN). However, addressing issues of ambitions as well as loss and damage is still falling below the cut. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCCC) in its outline of the sixth assessment report indicates that adaptation still holds a lot of promises in reducing the vulnerability of both human and ecological systems. However, adaptation research gaps that exist particularly at the local levels, may impede the effective generation of evidence for policy and practice. Climate variability and change as a crisis of modernism requires robust evidence that can only be generated by thought leadership around issues of adaptation planning, actions, and finance. The 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) under the presidency
of the UK has identified these pillars as critical in climate action.

Adaptation is a priority for Africa and most of the African governments are increasingly taking up the evidence generated through adaptation research. In the region of Southern and Western Africa, adaptation research gaps need to be identified in order to help support the policy-making process and ensure development plans are cognizant of varying regional climate regimes. Against this background, the ARIN in collaboration with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and wider partners co-convened the UKRI COP26 Adaptation and Resilience preparatory dialogues for the Southern and Western Africa region to mark the UK’s presidency of the COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. This regionally-focused virtual convening galvanized a range of different stakeholders in order to showcase some of the ongoing best adaptation and resilience research practices based in Southern and Western Africa and also gain insights on opportunities for upscaling them.

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ARIN & UKRI (2021). Adaptation Research and Policy in Southern and Western Africa Insights from COP26, Southern and Western Africa-Led Dialogue, 2021. Technical Report No. 016. Africa Research and Impact Network Nairobi, Kenya.

Joanes Atela (ARIN), Charles Tonui (ARIN), Sarah Blackburn (UKRI), Sara Webb (UKRI), Henry Gandhi (ARIN) 

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