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International Conference on Challenges of Urbanization and Development in Africa in the Context of Climate Change

CALL FOR PAPERS 24-26 July 2013 – Arusha, TANZANIA

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND

CALL FOR PAPERS:

International Conference on “Challenges of Urbanization and Development in Africa in the Context of Climate Change”

24th – 26th July 2013, Arusha, TANZANIA

The Centre for Climate Change Studies (CCCS) of the University of Dar es Salaam, in collaboration with The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), The Ardhi University of Tanzania (ARU) and International START Secretariat is organising the three-day International Conference to be held 24 - 26 July 2013 at the Mount Meru Hotel (Arusha - Tanzania). The organizers of the Conference, which is entitled “Challenges of

Urbanization and Development in Africa in the Context of Climate Change”, now invite submission of paper abstracts by those individuals interested to participate. Abstracts are due no later than 03rd May 2013 to be eligible for consideration. Please continue reading for more information.

BACKGROUND

Cities and urban places in Africa represent the fastest growing sector in sub-Saharan Africa. By 2030 the extent of urban areas of Africa is projected to increase, passing from 7.5% (1950 - 2000) to 22.6% (2000 - 2030). As Africa rapidly becomes urbanized, environmental change, including climate change, is

International Conference on Challenges of Urbanization and Development in Africa in the Context of Climate Change

CALL FOR PAPERS 24-26 July 2013 – Arusha, TANZANIA

becoming a leading development challenge. The impacts of weather variability and climatic changes on cities and urban areas are many and complex. Major cities situated along the coast for example, as is the situation for most of the major cities in sub-Saharan Africa, are likely to be or are already affected by sea level rise, increased storm flooding, inundation, coastal erosion, increased salinity in estuaries and coastal aquifers, rising coastal water tables and obstructed drainage. Displacement of people, especially

the urban poor, destruction of property and loss of livelihoods are other common impacts – and often

contribute additional, perpetuating stresses to the system. In addition to climate related risks and impacts, the vulnerability of urbanizing Africa is further aggravated by other social, economic, and institutional factors such as widespread poverty, increasing rural-urban migration, and perilous absorption of peri-urban areas through physical expansion of habitats, weak governance systems, insufficient infrastructure for removal of liquid and solid waste materials (domestic, institutional and industrial) and established patterns of unsanitary waste disposal practices even when alternative provisions are made available.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Despite increased attention to and improved understanding of these issues in recent years, more knowledge is needed to prepare for and manage the multitude of risks associated with environmental and climate change in African cities. Rapid urbanization, increasing vulnerability and urgent need to enhance the capacity of African institutions to work together to manage risks and foster urban adaptation and resilience motivate the design and organization of this conference. The international conference on “Challenges of Urbanization and Development in Africa in the Context of Climate Change” will bring increased attention to and address these challenges by doing the following:

1.Bring together researchers, educators, young scientists, policy makers, urban planners, government officials, development practitioners, representatives from donor and community-based organizations and other stakeholders from throughout the continent to share their experiences and knowledge and consider synergistic actions to advance adaptive and resilient urban planning, development and governance in the context of changing climate.

2.Learn from relevant experiences in other parts of the world that showcase successful and unsuccessful strategies for mitigating vulnerabilities and dynamically adjusting to changes in the urban context.

3.Contribute to the understanding of how urban planning and development can be contextualized and operationalized in a changing climate.

4.Deliberate and deepen the understanding of climate change related extreme events in the urban context, including priority needs for improving urban preparedness in responding to such challenges.

International Conference on Challenges of Urbanization and Development in Africa in the Context of Climate Change

CALL FOR PAPERS 24-26 July 2013 – Arusha, TANZANIA

5.To inform existing political, environmental, health and legal frameworks and catalyse strategic actions in managing climate change challenges in urbanising Africa.

CONFERENCE SUB-THEMES

Conference sessions and discussions will drill deeply into a number of sub-themes as described below:

a.Challenges and Opportunities of a Rapidly Urbanizing Africa

-Urban population dynamics,

-Rural - urban migration patterns and trends

-Urban ecological footprints,

-Peri-urban and urban agriculture; food security and its environmental impacts.

b.Changing Urban Environments

-Extreme weather events such as floods, heat waves etc.

-Solid and liquid waste management

-Environmental pollution

-Land - use and Land-use changes,

-Climate change projections and the associated urban disasters

-Land and water access and quality

c. Climate Change, Disasters and Urban Resilience

-Linking disasters and Climate Change

-Urban governance in a changing climate

-Urban governance in a changing climate

-Community involvement on the management of disasters

-Institutional preparedness and political commitment to managing disasters

d.Urban Planning & Development in a Changing Climate

-Historical perspectives of urbanization

-Urban governance

-The integrated planning concept

-Urban development models

IMPORTANT DATES

 

 

Abstracts Submission Deadline:

3rd May 2013

 

Selected Abstracts Announced:

10th May 2013

International Conference on Challenges of Urbanization and Development in Africa in the Context of Climate Change

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

24-26 July 2013 – Arusha, TANZANIA

 

Deadline for Registration:

31st May 2013

 

Conference Dates:

24th – 26th July, 2013

REGISTRATION FEE (To cover conference materials, lunch and refreshments excluding Accommodation and transport)

Category

Early Registration

Late Registration

 

 

 

Young Researchers from developing Countries

$ 50

$ 100

 

 

 

Participants from Developing Countries

$ 100

$ 150

 

 

 

Other Participants

$ 150

$ 200

 

 

 

To be paid through ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0250395702600. ACCOUNT NAME: UDSM CHAIR CLIMATE CHANGE. BANKER: CRDB Bank Plc, UDSM Branch, Dar es Salaam: SWIFT Code: CORUTZTZ.

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Individuals interested to participate in the international conference on “Challenges of Urbanization and Development in Africa in the Context of Climate Change” are invited to submit abstracts for paper presentations. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Organising Committee and other subject matter experts. Those papers selected for presentation at the conference will document and explore research results, recommended knowledge and capacity needs, case studies and/or other practical experiences under one or more of the sub-themes described above. Under each sub-theme, participants are expected to address opportunities and/or challenges with regards to policy and legal frameworks in the context of their work and to provide practical solutions/interventions that will serve

to enlighten people’s understanding on the theme presented.

Individuals interested to participate must submit a 300-word (maximum) abstracts electronically to the Conference Secretariat at cccs@udsm.ac.tz, with a copy to msaru5@yahoo.co.uk. Abstracts will also be accepted by mail at: P. O. Box 33453, Dar es Salaam - Tanzania.

All abstracts must be received not later than 03rd May 2013 to be eligible for review. Abstracts received after this deadline will not be accepted. The abstracts will be reviewed and those selected will be notified by 10th May 2013 to present papers at the conference. It is the intent of the Conference Organizing Committee that exceptional papers presented at the conference be published in a selected scientific journal as a special issue.

Should you have any questions or require further clarification, please contact the Centre for Climate Change Studies (CCCS) at the University of Dar Es Salaam by email at cccs@udsm.ac.tz or by telephone at +255-22-2410 707. OR + 255 715 861 271.