Our Common Future Under Climate Change

International Scientific Conference 7-10 JULY 2015 Paris, France




Organizers : Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, IRD (France) & Agence de l’Environnement et du développement durable, AEDD (Mali) ;
Date :  June 30 (9h-16h)
Location :  Institut Français du Mali ; Service de coopération et d’actions culturelles  de l’Ambassade de France au Mali
Expected number of participants :  150-200
Nature of participants :  Scientist, Students, Policy-makers, General Public
Keywords : Observatories, Climate Change ROSELT, AMMA-CATCH, Mali;
Keynote speakers :
  • Professeur Birima DIARRA : Point Focal GIEC au Mali /  Agence Nationale de la Météorologie « Mali-Météo »
  • Professeur Famouké TRAORE: Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs /Abderhamane Baba Touré (ENI/ABT)
  • Alain GERBE : Conseiller spécial du Ministère de l’environnement, de l’assainissement  et du développement durable  (MEADD) du Mali ;
  • Professeur Fadiala DEMBELE : Point Focal ROSELT au Mali / Institut polytechnique rural de Katibougou / Faculté des sciences et techniques de l’Université des sciences, des techniques et des Technologie de Bamako (FST/USTTB)
  • Professeur Sidiki KONATE: Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs /Abderhamane Baba Touré (ENI/ABT)



Ahead of COP21, l’Institut de recherche pour le développement (France) et l’Agence  de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable (Mali), organize a full day event in Bamako  on the importance of environmental monitoring devices, as tools to support the decision making on climate change.

This awareness day is placed under the patronage of the Malian Ministry of Environment, Sanitation and sustainable development (MEADD), the Malian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRS) and the French Embassy in Mali.

Considering that climate change will likely increase the natural climate variability of the Sudano-Sahel region, Sub-Saharan countries such as Mali are particularly sensitive to the environmental and socio-economic impacts (agriculture, food security) of climate change.

Against this backdrop, the Observatory of the Sahara and Sahel (OSS) established a range of long term ecological monitoring observatories, grouped within the ROSELT network, in North, East and West African countries. The five ROSELT observatories based in Mali, tracking several indicators (climate, vegetal, water cycle…), are crucial to document and understand climate evolution at local and national scales, and contribute to the sub-regional data analysis of African climate.

The following topics will be introduced and debated during the Conference:
  • The main results of GIEC’s research on climate change, with a special focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, notably Mali (B. DIARRA);
  • The main climate change scenarios for Mali during the upcoming 50 years (F. TRAORE);
  • The network of environmental monitoring in Mali (implementation strategy, structure and main results) (A. GERBE & F. DEMBELE);
  • The state of play of the Third National Communication on Climate Change, and the preparation of COP21 in Mali (S. KONATE)

More information

Contact: bruno.sicard@ird.fr & benoit.martimort-asso@ird.fr