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Building A Resilient Africa: Climate LinkUP Event Preview

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Simon White
Content Manager

October 21st, 2022

Ahead of Climate LinkUP's Adaption & Mitigation Program online launch event beginning on November 1st, we sat down with CLU founder, Dr. Jo Maloney to understand the initiative and preview some of the key sessions taking place.

Since we launched Climate LinkUP, our ambitions have always been global. With the need for the entire planet to contribute when it comes to the battle against Climate Change, our online knowledge sharing platform has been specifically designed to provide a space for ideas and plans to thrive beyond borders.

That's also why we have developed 3 Adaptation & Mitigation Program (AMP) Hubs, working across Africa, the South Pacific and South Asia respectively. With each Hub being led by local teams in those areas, they will work collaboratively to share knowledge from each of their stakeholder networks, all with the aim of delivering the highest impact value to mitigate the effects of climate change.

To that end, our Africa Hub is now delighted to be co-ordinating and hosting our AMP launch event next week. The non-profit AMP foundation strives to achieve strong collaborative global knowledge networks; exchange of science-informed climate knowledge; the delivery of science-informed climate adaptation and mitigation action; and bridge the existing climate inequality gaps across countries, regions, stakeholder groups and genders.

From navigating the green energy transition, addressing food and water security,  building environmental resilience to climate change and much more - we’ve got a diverse line-up of talks from world-class climate experts.

Read on to learn about some of the key sessions taking place during our two day event:

Samantha Atukunda Kakuru Mwesigwa:

Climate LinkUP Expert Panelist, Director & Legal Counsel Greenwatch, Managing Partner at Kakuru & Co. Advocates and advocate of the High Court of Uganda

Catalyzing climate action through strong connections and facilitating expert collaboration

The world's most vulnerable communities have inadequate ability and resources to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change. Science tells us what needs to be done, but it can only be achieved through collaborative efforts that facilitate strong bonds between experts and those vulnerable communities already experiencing the effects. If there is one thing the world has learned from the COVID pandemic, it is how connecting through digital platforms just works. Join this session to learn more about building digital networks

Raul Alfaro-Pelico:

Senior Director, Global South, RMI and Adviser, Equatorial Guinea, UNFCCC National Delegation

Empowering African people for a just energy transition

The energy transition continues to create jobs across the world. According to IRENA-ILO, renewable energy employment reached 12.7 million in 2021 ( an increase of 700,000 new jobs despite COVID-19). The IEA estimates that we need to get to 30 million jobs by 2030, if we are to reach net-zero by 2050 too. So how can 2 million jobs per year be generated, while also ensuring energy access, climate resilience and economic livelihoods in Africa? Join this session as I share best practices on workforce development across Africa.

Dr. Rosemary Nalwanga:

Water Quality & Fisheries Lecturer at Kyambogo University, and Makerere University, Uganda

Water security: Insights of quality and quantity in a climate-changing East-African Region

Water security is key to the well-being of humans, animals and the environment, whilst remaining unbreakably linked to food security too. As global warming continues, the effects of water insecurity are already being felt in developing countries like Uganda. Join this session to learnt the reasons why such states lack the ability to respond to such challenges and what needs to happen in order for Africa to be able to manage these threats.

Dr. John Benansio:
Climate LinkUP Expert Panelist and Acting Head Department of Fisheries Science, University of Juba, South Sudan

Adaptation strategies towards the impacts of climate change in the aquaculture sector

The impacts of climate change on aquaculture sector have gained considerable interest in recent times. Join this session to learn more about the ways in which aquaculture can adapt to our ever-changing world, including the need to share greater levels of information about the impacts of climate change; how involving women and children in aquaculture can help reduce risk for single income families; and how to provide nutritious food with a low carbon footprint.

You can sign up for the event and read the full program for both days via Climate LinkUP