Contemporary Evolution of African Floodplains and Deltas

From the 27th to 30th May, 2014 The Institute of Research and Development will organize a conference bringing together hundreds of researchers, relevant actors from Africa and Europe interested in contemporary evolution of deltas and African floodplains. This conference will allow to compare the evolution of African deltas, and, will explore possible scenarios around the African deltas.

This meeting is organized at the end of the IRD research program, in partnership with Kenyans and Tanzanians. The objective was principally to compare two deltas in East Africa: That of Rufiji in Tanzania and Tana in Kenya.

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Contribution of H.E. Marcel Escure at the closing session of the event

Synthesis of his contribution realized by AfriDeltas.

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"In his contribution to the closing ceremony, French Ambassador Marcel Lescure explained that France has a long and strong partnership with research in Africa through various institutions and programmes.

He was particularly pleased to see such an exemplary mix of researchers of Francophone, Anglophone, Lusophone and Arabophone African countries sharing their findings.

With regard to the Conference on the Contemporary Evolution of African Floodplains and Deltas, he highlighted that, in them, demography and climate change are even stronger drivers of change than elsewhere because their high fertility and easy access make them the target for migrations and that their rich biodiversity makes them vulnerable to change.

He appreciated the fact that the conference had dedicated a wrap-up session to communicate the results of the research and discussion panel sessions to the policy and decision-maker level and thus facilitate the dialogue between research and action.

He stated that the policy level came to listen to the recommendations so we can collectively shape the future, taking into account the historical trends and the future projects such as dams and infrastructure, in order to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change for the benefit of their populations and of the nations that depend on these floodplains and deltas for their livelihoods and their economies.

He emphasised that the conference was particularly timely with regard to the Climate Conference that France will be hosting in 2015".

Dernière modification : 27/02/2020

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