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Call for Issue Papers: Harnessing Applications of Climate Sciences, Technologies and Innovations for Accelerated Sustainable Development in Africa


Editors: Dr. Cosmas Ochieng (C.Ochieng at acts-net.org) and Dr. George M. Ruchathi (G.Ruchathi at acts-net.org)

About ACTS

The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) is a pioneering and leading African based intergovernmental policy research organization working to harness applications of science, technology and innovation policy for sustainable development in Africa. ACTS’ mission is to enlarge the range of policy choices for Africa’s sustainable development through high quality research, high-level policy analysis and dialogue, capacity building, training and outreach. Over the last quarter century, ACTS’ work has influenced patent (i.e. industrial property) legislation and policy; environmental impact assessment standards; bio-energy and biofuels policy; agricultural policy, bio-diplomacy, biotechnology and biosafety; climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Call for Issue Papers

The current atmospheric chemical composition, is for the most part, a result of the co-evolution of the biosphere, atmosphere and geosphere over billions of years. However, since the advent of industrial revolution, human activities have altered this composition significantly. These changes in the climatic system could have far reaching social, economic, political and ecological consequences. Among others, they could lead to significant alterations in the spatial and temporal distribution of rainfall (leading to extreme droughts and floods), sea level rises and coastal flooding due to changes in ocean temperatures, biodiversity loss and ecosystem change. Ultimately, these changes could have serious negative impacts on the future of human wellbeing and ecosystem welfare.

Africa is the most vulnerable region to the effects of climate change. Africa is also home to some of the poorest and marginalized communities in the world. The continent therefore faces a particular urgency and burden in adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change. The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) is issuing a call for issue papers on ‘Harnessing Applications of Climate Sciences, Technologies and Innovations for Increased Climate Resilience and Climate Compatible Development in Africa.

Call Specifications

Contributions are sought from different disciplines including: Climate science, atmospheric sciences, law, economics, politics, sociology, environmental sciences, science and technology policy, energy policy, water science and policy, agricultural sciences, technology and policy; information and communication technologies; risk management; vulnerability and resilience studies; technological foresight studies; climate and economic modelling, etc.

Thematic areas  include:

  • Climate Smart Development in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Economics and Politics of Climate Change, Adaptation and Mitigation in Africa
  • Climate Change and the Data Revolution in Africa
  • Climate Sciences, technologies and innovations for sustainable development in Africa
  • Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Climate Negotiations, Law and Treaty Making:  Where is African ‘Agency’?
  • Climate Financing in Africa: Trend and Business Model Analysis
  • Climate Change and the Private Sector in Africa
  • Climate Justice
  • Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa
  • Climate Information and Early Warning Systems.

Abstracts of 2500 words should be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by February, 20th 2015

Deadlines

20th February, 2015: Submission of full abstracts

1 March 2015 – Decision on accepted abstracts

15th April, 2015 – Submission of Full Papers

June 15th 2015: – Publication date by ACTS press