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Nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation: linking science, policy and practice 

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Exploring Profitable Nature-Based Solutions: AFAS Stakeholder Workshops 2023 in Abidjan and Nairobi

The AFAS team gathered for the second edition of stakeholder workshops on November 28 at the Hôtel Famille Mondiale in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and on December 14 at the Mövenpick Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshops had the theme “Achieving Profitable Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity Conservation.” They aimed to bring together stakeholders from science, policy, and practice to explore avenues for making Nature-based Solutions (NbS) not only profitable but also financially sustainable.

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Meet the students

Ami Léonie Kanga

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire

Anita Myriam Emma Kouassi

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire

Claire Anulisa Adhiambo

University of Nairobi, Kenya


About us

The African Climate and Environment Center – Future African Savannas (AFAS) commenced in 2021 and is one of the DAAD Global Centres for Climate and Environment. AFAS is a consortium between two African and two German universities and strives for interdisciplinary and international exchange beyond academia by working on the science-policy-practice interface. The thematic focus of the center is nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and biodiversity loss in African savannas.

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Our mission

The project initiative stems from the urgent need to develop sound and robust evidence-based and science-backed strategies to preserve and protect the fragile environments of the West and East African savannas against the combined threats of extensive and diverse land use and rapid climate change. AFAS aims to train young African scholars in the interdisciplinary field of climate change adaptation and biodiversity and to transfer scientific findings into practice, while at the same time reducing the climate and environmental footprint of education, research and international cooperation. The project specifically focuses on the potential of nature-based solutions and of cooperation on the science-policy-practice interface.

Global Centres for Climate and Environment as well as for Health and Pandemic Prevention

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