NAIROBI, Kenya:  The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) and its Independent Global Stocktake (iGST) West African Hub partners are in Nairobi to participate in the Africa Climate Week and Africa Climate Summit concurrently, which kick off today 4th September and will run till 8th September 2023.

The week will present the iGST West African hub, led by WASCAL and CSIR South Africa, the opportunity to leverage their showcase and engage key stakeholders responsible for implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions as stated in the Paris Agreement. WASCAL and its partners will engage global stakeholders in two side events comprising panel discussions, and knowledge-sharing sessions with a key focus on Independent Global Stocktake, West African Hub. Experts and practitioners from WASCAL and its partner institutions will engage in conversations on how GST outputs could be translated into adaptation outcomes and then into specific climate actions at the regional level.

These sessions will highlight success stories, best practices, and opportunities for collaboration among governments, academia, industries, and civil society. The Hub will also showcase its works and impact within West Africa since its inception in 2022.

The Interim Executive Director of WASCAL, Prof. Kehinde Ogunjobi , expressed his enthusiasm about the organization’s participation: “WASCAL and its partners like the CSIR South Africa’s engagement at Africa Climate Week and Summit underscores their commitment to driving impactful change through innovative technologies. iGST plays a critical role in building climate resilience and achieving sustainable development in our region. By bringing together experts and stakeholders, we aim to catalyze transformative solutions that empower communities to adapt and thrive in the face of climate change.” He said.

WASCAL’s presence at Africa Climate Week reaffirms its dedication to fostering partnerships, sharing knowledge, and propelling climate action forward. As the organization continues to champion sustainable practices and develop resilient strategies, it stands poised to make a significant contribution toward a more climate-resilient Africa.

The first event will be discussing, “How can the Global Stocktake facilitate the regional green growth agenda through adaptation implementation and resilience building?” on September 6,  at 8:00 am and the second event will focus on “Civil Society Organization and the Global Stocktake: The iGST West Africa Hub case on September, 8 at 3:00 pm, both Kenyan times. 

The ACW brings together stakeholders, experts, and leaders from across the African continent to address pressing climate challenges and foster collaborative solutions. WASCAL’s active involvement underscores its dedication to advancing sustainable development and combating the effects of climate change. The Week is a precursor to the biggest climate change event globally, COP28 to be held in Dubai, later this year.