8th ResearchNight.it : “Climate Change” – 4 Dec. | 6pm | Centre for the Book


8th ResearchNight.it : “CLIMATE CHANGE”

4 Dec. | 6pm | Centre for the Book

Cari Connazionali, dear Friends of Italy and of Science,

Come and join us on Tuesday 4 December 2018 at 6 pm for 6:30 pm and until 8 pm for the eighth “ResearchNight.it” organized by the Network of Italian Researchers in the Cape (NIRC) and the Italian Consulate in Cape Town. This time we will host a talk on climate change by Lucia Scodanibbio, a NIRC member working at the University of Cape Town. The lecture – intended to be relaxed, interesting and ultimately fun, like the previous ones presented by ResearchNight.it – will start at 6.30pm, will be given in English and will be followed by a Q&A session. A glass of wine before and/or after the talk will also be provided.

Topic: “What does climate change look like in semi-arid Africa? Lessons from a ‘monster project’ ”
Date: Tuesday 4 December 2018
Time: 18h00 for 18h30, until 20h00
Venue: The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street (Gardens)
Speaker: Lucia Scodanibbio, University of Cape Town

Please book your tickets at the link at the bottom.

Are you interested? Read more about the topic below:

As the latest major global report on climate change recently stated, we have just 12 years to make rapid and far-reaching changes to global energy, land, urban infrastructure, and industrial systems in order to limit the earth’s warming to 1.5˚C. This is a highly ambitious task.

Semi-arid regions are climate change hotspots. As global warming intensifies, they will be impacted more than many other areas as temperatures increase, rainfall becomes more erratic, and extreme weather intensifies. People who live in these challenging environments are already adapting, often in unexpected ways, but will this be enough to cope with current and impending climate change impacts? And what can we learn from how they are adapting that can be useful for other areas?

In this presentation, we are going to share some of the lessons learned in the five-year Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project. Led by the University of Cape Town, but comprising of over 15 partners working in six African countries and India, this research project took a holistic look at adaptation, and sought to understand the many ways in which people are impacted by, and are responding to, a changing climate. From migrating, to changing crop type; from splitting one’s household, to adopting camels, vulnerable communities are trying their best to cope with these unprecedented changes.

We will look at the myriad, but often overlooked, factors, such as gender, age, cultural status and other social dynamics, that affect how people are, or are not, able to adapt. We will also go through some climate change basics to shed light on what the 1.5 degree story is about, what adaptation (and mitigation) mean, and why looking at the difference between groups of people (men and women, young and old, etc.) matters for adaptation efforts in semi-arid regions and elsewhere.

And finally, you will understand why I have called this a “monster” project!

Lucia Scodanibbio currently works at the University of Cape Town as the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) Project Manager. Previously, Lucia worked in the United Nations Environment Programme regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), coordinating a project on integrated coastal management in Central America and assisting LAC countries with the implementation of multi-lateral environmental agreements; at the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Secretariat in Switzerland, working with the Africa team; and in Mozambique, creating awareness on the impacts of hydropower dams and promoting integrated water resources management of the Zambezi River. She has an undergraduate degree in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from UCT, and a Masters in Environmental Planning from the University of British Columbia.

Looking forward to seeing you at the event, I send you my best regards.

Alfonso Tagliaferri




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