About

Seventh (7th ) International Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa

CCPOP-GHANA 2019
12 – 14 November 2019

Venue & Location
Accra, Ghana

Theme
Transforming Cities and Resilience to Climate Change

Abstract Submission

Background

Conference Background

Climatic hazards are increasingly becoming common features of society globally amidst heightened demographic and social change, as well as spatial development. These have resulted in tensions in human-dominated landscapes such as cities because climate change policy regimes often failed to relevantly integrate climate change actions into local governance, putting several populations at risk of disease, hunger, migration and poverty to mention a few. The United Nations estimates that the world’s population that will live in urban landscapes will hit 2.4 billion people in cities alone by the year 2040.

Recent milestones of the environment attest to the urgent need to address climate change, population and development related nuances, for which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Sendai Disaster Risk Reduction Framework, and the Paris Climate Agreement have brought momentum to the discussions. As the conference theme suggests “Transforming Cities and Resilience to Climate Change”, pressures on cities as the transformative place for the world’s future is strongly emerging. The strong cross-border effects of the socio-ecological complexity of the urban landscape which has generated opportunities for increased wealth creation and smart solutions in cities is a major factor.

Cities contribute close to 70% of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and also, centers of most global changes such as population growth. Yet, cities continuously incur huge climate change related annual losses and damages that include major energy and transport infrastructure, and critical ecosystem services. Flood losses in 136 largest coastal cities, was estimated to account for US$6 billion per year of average global flood losses in 2005, reaching US$52 billion by 2050. In addition, over 20% in excess loss totaling US$63 billion attributed to climate change has been projected over the same period,  Most of these major hotspots of loss and damage are in the coastal urban areas of the developing world and having highest populations at risk of coastal flooding. Thus climate change could aggravate such risks, resulting in reduced quantum, quality and distribution of key resources of cities with increased poverty and internal displacement.

Goals

  • To bring stakeholders across academia, policy and practice, civil society, industry and business together, having shared values to fight climate change.
  • To demonstrate the interdependence of population issues and climate change across the African continent.
  • To learn from best lessons on climate change science, policy and practice globally having positive outcomes for Africa.

Subthemes

  • Population – Climate Nexus
  • Population Health and Climate Change
  • Climate Change and Energy
  • Coastal Zones and Green Growth
  • Cities and Climate Change
  • Climate Finance and Investment
  • Climate Change Negotiations and Diplomacy
  • Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Food Security and Agrarian / Rural Communities
  • Climate Change and Poverty
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Water Resources Management

Organizers

Conceptualised and organised by the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) with the support of the Climate Change Resource Centre-Ghana (CCRC-GH), University of Ghana Legon, Accra.

RIPS has emerged as one of the leading centres of excellence in climate change research in Africa through its multi-disciplinary Population, Environment and Development programme based on evidence that populations are at heightened risks of climate change and making CCPOP-Ghana critical platform for lesson sharing.

We look forward to welcoming you

Benjamin Delali Dovie, PhD

Convener and Chair of Local Organising Committee