Our Common Future Under Climate Change

6 Mar 2015 - 09:00

You are invited to submit contributions to the Semi-Arid Regions Adaptation session at the Our Common Future Under Climate Change' conference7th-10th July, Paris, France. 

Lead Conveners: Pranietha Mudliar1 and Polly Ericksen2 

Co-conveners: Sibiry Traore3Chandni Singh4 and Andaleeb Rahman4

  • 1 Indian Institute for Human Settlements, BangaloreKarnataka, India​
  • International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya; 3 International Crops Research
  • Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Bamako, Mali
  • Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore, India




Contributions should be submitted through the conference website by 10th March 2015. Both oral presentations and posters will be accepted. Contributions will be reviewed according to their relevance, scientific quality and innovation/novelty. Once the Call for Contributions has closed, selected oral contributions will be included in the Parallel Sessions hosted by conveners or be recommended as part of the poster sessions. 


Session details

Semi-arid regions (SARs) are widely recognised as climate change hotspots. These areas have an intrinsically high sensitivity to climate coupled with high vulnerability driven by local and higher level (national/transnational) political-economic factors. Climate change will almost certainly exacerbate existing sensitivities and vulnerabilities, and possibly trigger social-ecological tipping points / thresholds in the next several decades. There are a number of large research programmes exploring resilience-building and adaptation in SARs, either directly (e.g., PRISE and ASSAR, under CARIAA) or as part of a larger programme (e.g., BRACED, CCAFS and FCFA). Similarly there are many organisations and networks working on adaptation in SARs. This session therefore aims to bring together a diverse array of research and practitioner organisations to build understanding of what longer-term climate-resilient pathways might encompass, from a multi-level perspective.

This session will bring together perspectives on climate-resilient development from multiple scales – local to national to regional – with a focus on the following questions:

  • What are the key sensitivities and vulnerabilities to climate change in SARs?
  • How are different actors conceiving of human development in the context of climate change?
  • What are the tensions and similarities between the different actors’ framings, at local, national and supra-national scales?
  • How has this diversity of framings undermined or enriched adaptation strategies and practice in SARs?
  • What has been tried in terms of building climate resilience – what has worked and not worked, and why?
  • How will future climate change affect barriers and enablers of human development in SARs?
  • Do we need to rethink human development in SARs in light of climate change?