Adaptation Futures 2018 – Dialogues for Solutions


Cape Town, South Africa


Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town


Adaptation Futures 2018 – Dialogues for Solutions – aims to progress discussion and learning within the adaptation community on how to move from problem diagnosis to successful implementation.  What is the community learning about making adaptation work, at different spatial, institutional and time scales, in different geographies, and in different political and economic settings? What are we learning from mistakes, unexpected outcomes and outright failure, as well as our successes?  How does adaption support successful development, and when does it not?

Adaptation Futures 2018 will take advantage of its location in Africa to stimulate critical Southern perspectives on adaptation to inform regional and global policy, practice and research, and to increase the focus on the links between adaptation and sustainable development.

While contributions from all domains of climate adaptation are welcome, AF2018 is especially interested in exploring the following themes:

Adaptation and development

How can adaptation lead better development outcomes? In what ways do development processes prevent and enhance adaptation outcomes? How does adaptation contribute to the achievement of the SDGs?  And what are the implications of maladaptation? How can we move adaption discourse and practice into National Development Plans and other development processes?

South-South and South-North knowledge and learning

How does a Southern perspective change the global framing of adaptation and development?  Are there critiques of Northern approaches to adaptation in research, funding, and practice?  How do we enhance South-South collaboration; what successes point the way to do this?

Adaptation and 21st century challenges

How can adaptation thinking be brought into debates and practice around food, water and energy security?  What are the solutions for reducing climate risks in the face of rapid urbanisation?  What are the implications of migration in the context of climate change and other drivers?

Collaboration, knowledge co-production and research into use

What are we learning from transdisciplinary and engaged research processes?  How do we maximise the uptake of evidence from research and innovations into policy and practice?  How do we “go the last mile” – from good research, good policy, great ideas to implementation on the ground that leads to real change, for many?

Financing of adaptation and climate resilient development

What are we learning from the new global, regional and national funding mechanisms, such as the Adaptation and Green Climate Funds?  Where are the examples of “transformative” projects that the GCF seeks to fund?  What might transformative adaptation look like? How do we measure and value adaptation?

Learning from doing

What works and has not worked at different scales, from regional, to national, to local and community?  What needs to be in place (enablers) and be circumvented (barriers) to maximise the chances of success in different adaptation settings? How do we improve the way learning occurs so that acknowledgement of failure or partial success is valued? How do we implement adaptation across complex social, cultural and political-economic systems?

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 15 February 2018

Application for attendance grants: 16-28 February 2018

Notification of attendance grant rewards: 15 March 2018

Early bird registration: 17 January – 31 March 2018

Standard registration: 1 April – 31 May 2018