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Break-out session 1: Group 1
Chair: Ayieko, Monica
Rapporteur: Karimanzira, Rungano
Transition Team member: Wilson, Steven
Participants:
 Agboola, Julius Ibukun
 Akeem, Ayofe Akinwale
 Biggs, Oonsie
 Brand, Kobie
 Ekosse, Georges-Ivo
 Martin, Orla
 Matondo, Jonathan
 Midgley, Guy
 Moloney, Coleen
 Swilling, Mark
Future Earth Research Theme: Dynamic Planet
Observing, explaining, projecting Earth and societal
system trends, drivers and processes, and their
interactions; anticipating global thresholds.
1. Research priorities relevant for Africa that can be linked to
/ integrated within the Future Earth research framework
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Bridge the gap and fragments in the governance systems in Africa
Energy – develop affordable renewable sources
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Relationship to FE – reduce environmental degradation, sustainability,…
Understanding of African marine ecosystems – behavior of ocean
currents and the impact on marine environment –deep water and
shallow water systems… (FE Dynamic Planet); marine resource
management (natural and human resource management for food
securities and income generation). Fisheries – regulated at national
level or policed at broader level
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Management of water resources
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Global development and its relationship to African development – address R&D for
Sustainable development in Africa; Technology transfer N/S, adaptation , adoption,
diffusion and extension services. Technology development by Africans, sustainability of
development projects through development of capacity building (organizational
issues);
Environmental tipping points – for Sustainable Development and human
wellbeing and poverty alleviation;
Alternative development trajectories – lessons learnt from experiences from
other regions;
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Developmental analysis… (Chair);
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Targeted research consistent with national priorities and community needs;
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Optimal use of available knowledge for common good;
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Co-design research projects and effectively communicate these in the implementation
process ;
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Connection between ecosystems services
(benefits – provisioning & regulating services
(water, food, energy); processes (climate
regulation); cultural services(recreation,
spiritual and tradition) and human wellbeing
and poverty alleviation;
2. On-going regional activities / programmes, already
dealing with these priorities. Gaps not being addressed
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ECA/CLIMDEV – Climate for Development in Africa
Large Marine ecosystems programmes – link between basic science and
policy
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SAPECS- Southern African Prog on Ecosystem Change and Society;
Wild Coast Project ;
AHEAD – Animal Health and Environment – veterinary (livestock and
wildlife management)
ILRI – livestock management
IITA – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
VICRES – Lake Victoria Research Initiatives (trans-boundary – East
Africa)- Energy,
Major River Basin Studies – (Nile, Niger, Congo, Zambezi
IWMI – International Water Management Institute (food production)
UNU INRA (Ghana) Institute for Natural Resources in Africa –
Sustainability and low carbon /green economies
Research GAPS
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Linkages amongst the sectors. (Management of trade-offs.);
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Energy – renewable/appropriate/alternative energy research initiatives.
Competition with food security. Optimal use of available land for exploitation of
renewable energy
Water – harvesting technologies, waste water management and sanitation
programmes; development and management of emerging water treatment
technologies
Animal/Human Health- disease transmission, drug discovery and management
using emerging technologies;
Agriculture and food/feed security- new and disease resistant varieties;
broaden the application of processed products
Sustainable approaches – conservation/optimal/efficient use
Governance (environment)
African-led approaches to Leadership
Capacity Building initiatives in existing programmes ( region specific)
Research Gaps Cont…
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Preservation ---- sustainable use continuum with
socio-cultural-political implications. Which
management approach is applicable in Africa?????
3. Opportunities for collaboration between Future Earth and
existing regional activities
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Identify opportunities (global/regional, etc)
Comparative management approaches to identify commonalities in
ecological, social systems etc. {African approaches; lessons learnt from
pitfalls of developed nations related to global change challenges; how were
the challenges addressed; regional diversity, dynamism, cultural differences,
top-down/bottom-up approaches used in various areas]
Developing and sharing knowledge and exchanging of best practices.
Assist regional research activities in a way that better contribute to social
challenges – trans-disciplinary approach and addressing the questions
being posed;
Downscaling and upscaling of research opportunities;
Effective and efficient transfer of sector-based research outcomes for
development;
Establish financing framework for development linkages between and
amongst research initiatives;
Future Earth Research Theme: Global Development
Providing the knowledge for sustainable, secure and
fair stewardship of food, water, health, energy,
materials and other ecosystem services.
Future Earth Research Theme: Transformation
towards Sustainability
Understanding and evaluating strategies for
governing and managing the global environment
across scales and sectors, to move towards a
sustainable Future Earth.

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