Our Common Future Under Climate Change

International Scientific Conference 7-10 JULY 2015 Paris, France

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Organizers :
  • Georges Kouadio Kouame, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Côte d'Ivoire.
  • Arona Diedhiou, Institute of Research for Development (IRD), University of Grenoble-Alpes (France)
  • Jean‐Marc Hougard, Representative of IRD in Côte d’Ivoire
  • Patrice Grimaud, Directeur régional Cirad Afrique continentale, Burkina Faso
  • Ochou Abé Deplhin, President of the National Scientific Committee of COP21
  • Kouadio Désiré N'Goran; UNEP, CCAC (Climate Clean Air Coalition), Nairobi
  • Kadio Ahossane National Focal Point UNFCCC ; Ministry of Environment, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Abdourahamane Sangaré, CORAF/WECARD, Sénégal
  • Daouda Konaté (Director of National Meteorological Office, SODEXAM, WMO representative)n, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Adiko Amouncho, Scientific Adviser of CNRA ‐ Dept. of International Cooperation of CNRA, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Abdourahamane Konaré, Director of Scientific Research and Innovation; Ministry of High Level study and Scientific Research; Côte d'Ivoire.
Date : from June 29th, 9am to June 30th, 1 pm
Location : University Felix Houphouet Boigny; Abidjan; Ivory Coast
Expected number of participants : 50-100
Nature of participants : Policy makers from Ivory Coast Government, more than 10 national and international NGOs, participants from private sector, civil society, experts from WWF, IUCN, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, CORAF/WECARD (West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development), National Focal Points on environmental conventions (UNCCC, UNCCD, Biodiversity, Climate Clean Air Coalition, etc.), Scientists from National and International research Institutions and Universities, from University Senghor (Opérateur Directe de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie; OIF) and from National and regional Institutions on Agriculture and Forestry.
Keywords : Forest, Wetlands, Climate, Smart Agriculture


The Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC further confirms that agriculture and forestry are highly dependent and are particularly vulnerable to climate changes. Although agricultural and forestry systems significantly contribute to global greenhouse gases emission, they constitute an important solution through adaptation and mitigation mechanisms - reducing and/or removing significant quantities of global emissions.
According to FAO, destruction rate of indigenous forests in Africa is estimated to be more than four million hectares per year and according to UNEP, 20 to 25% of carbon dioxide annual emissions come from the forest destruction by fire for agricultural purposes. Poor management policies of forest, including overexploitation and excessive harvesting of firewood contribute to emphasis the problem in Africa, where the wood use covers about 70% of populations’ energy needs, rate well above the rest of the world. Land degradation affects large areas and remains relatively important compared to deforestation. In a sample of 1000 wetlands observed at global scale between 1970 and 2008, an average loss of 40 % wetland index declination was estimated (Ramsar Convention, 2014). According to UNEP, about 30 million ton of harvest is lost each year due to the short-lived air pollutants. Uncertainties induced by global change (i.e. a "new world" in a few decades) and lack of observation and research systems in developing countries make more than ever, scientific and technical investment essential in the primary sector of Africa.
This side event is co-organized by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable development of Ivory Coast and by the Institute of Research for Development (France) and aims to increase exchanges between academics and stakeholders on this crucial issue of climate change. The main objective is to bring together the various communities in West and Central Africa and the necessary expertise to highlight the diversity of views on the benefits that appropriate mitigation and adaptation policies and programmes on agriculture and forestry will have in terms of social dimensions (health, food security, gender equality, biodiversity, etc.).

More information

For more information on this side event you can contact:

, Director General of Environment, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Côte d'Ivoire. Email: adrohpango@gmail.com

, Research Director, Institute of Research for Development (IRD), University of Grenoble-Alpes (France). Email: arona.diedhiou@ird.fr

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Key messages

Message 1
Actions for lands carbon sequestration : Solutions for food security

Message 2
Actions to enhance and sustain integrated observing systems: Solutions for a better knowledge of the mutations induced by climate change