What Does “Climate Resilient Development” Mean for Southern Africans and How Do We Achieve It?

Moderator:
Dr Ruwadzano Matsika
Moderator:
Ms Katinka Lund Waagsaether
Panellists:
Dr Bruno Verbist
Dr Samuel Chademana
Mr Happy Khambule
Prof Coleen Vogel

Dr Bruno Verbist

Bruno Verbist is a researcher in agroforestry, natural resources and development at the KU Leuven, Belgium.  He has worked on development and environment issues in many developing country settings in Asia and Africa, including South Africa.

Dr Ruwadzano Matsika

Ruwadzano Matsikais a Research Associate at the Global Change Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand. She holds a Doctorate from WITS University. On qualifying she entered the international development sector, working on issues of sustainable development including women’s rights, inequality,  tax and climate justice, economic development and corporate sustainability. She has worked as the International Policy Research Coordinator for ActionAid International and as the Regional Coordinator for UN Global Compact in Africa. She is passionate about working at the interface of science, policy and practice. At the GCI she will be investigating innovation pathways, particularly new technologies taken up by businesses of all sizes to manage climate risks in energy and evaluating their social risks along the transition pathways.

Dr Samuel Chademana

Samuel Ndumba Chademana is the C40 City Advisor for the City of Tshwane; he has over 10 years’ experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of Donor, private and Government funded community projects, in the socio-economic development and Climate Action spaces. He is currently the Technical Lead for Climate Action Planning (CAP) in Tshwane under C40’s Global CAP programme.

Mr Happy Khambule

Happy Khambuleis Senior Political Advisor at Greenpeace Africa has a passion for being part of partnerships that initiate and drive social innovations. Happy studied law at the University of Johannesburg and was recognised by the British Council as a Global Change-maker and International Climate Champion in 2008 and 2010 respectively. In 2013, he was selected as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans of the year.

Ms Katinka Lund Waagsaether

Katinka Lund Waagsaether is a Senior Research Officer at the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town. She holds an MSc from the University of Cape Town, and built her practical experience in the realm of vulnerability and climate change adaptation working in the NGO sector. Since joining CSAG in 2015 she has built experience in the interpretation and communication of climate science and information, and has further branched into the social science research sphere in the context of decision making and adaptation governance. Her recent work has included a focus on understanding and shaping the South African climate change adaptation research landscape and agenda.

Prof Coleen Vogel

Coleen Vogel is a professor at the Global Change Institute at Wits University. She is a climatologist by training and has undertaken research in climate change, climate vulnerability and adaptation, with a particular focus on disaster risk reduction and climate variability. Coleen is currently project lead on the City of Johannesburg adaptation and climate change collaboration. Passionate about youth development she is very involved in mentoring students (both undergraduate and post graduate) helping to advance both theory and praxis in various practical research projects with value-add impacts. In addition to being an adaptation specialist, Coleen is also undertaking research into transdisciplinary research approaches in various African contexts.

Climate change and variability present risks and opportunities to society across multiple levels.  As southern African countries strive to meet and exceed the Sustainable Development Goals, climate change, in addition to being a key SDG itself, presents a cross cutting issue that can profoundly influence if, and how, these goals are achieved.  “Climate Resilient Development” has been proposed as an integrating mechanism through which broader social and economic goals might potentially be brought together in the context of current and future climate conditions. In this session we aim to explore what climate resilient development means for different communities and sectors and imagine the socio-economic transitions that might be needed to navigate towards climate resilient development pathways. The session will be highly participatory, using parallel round tables to co-identify development outcomes that are critical for different communities, and the barriers and opportunities that climate change presents for achieving these outcomes.

2018-11-14T20:26:48+00:00