Side Events/Meetings


Using scenarios to consider biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural development

May 2nd

9:00–17.30 Princess Hall

Contact: Sarah Darrar

This workshop focuses on a novel approach to assess the potential impacts from future developments on biodiversity and ecosystem services and how it can support agricultural development planning and policy making under an uncertain future. Illustrated by the case of the Lake Victoria basin. The workshop aims to: 1)Increase understanding of the methods and results, 2) Show how these can support planning that seeks to balance a growing demand for food and other commodities with sustaining biodiversity and ecosystem services that support economic development and human wellbeing, and 3)Share experiences of how the approach was applied in the region for policy review and the development of recommendations to improve policy resilience and regional harmonisation.


Delineation of Key Biodiversity Areas for Lake Tanganyika

May 2nd

14:00-17:00 Elgon Hall

Contact: Tracy Baker

This workshop is designed as a step in the process for proposing and evaluating new freshwater KBAs based on criteria and thresholds outlined under the new IUCN KBA standard published in 2016.  The workshop will bring together species and system experts to evaluate biodiversity data for Lake Tanganyika collected and synthesized to date in the process, to provide feedback on specific areas that have been identified, to verify where possible whether the species are present at the required thresholds for the proposed KBAs, and to iteratively refine boundaries of the proposed KBAs, focal areas, and catchment management zones based on data and working knowledge of the region.  Click here for details.

GEF IW: Learn

4th African Targeted Regional Workshop on Private Sector Engagement (WWF & TNC Sessions)

May 2nd

9:00-17.30 LOCATION TBD

Contact: Mish Hamid

The overall aim of this workshop will be to raise capacity among GEF IW projects and partners on aspects of private sector engagement and water stewardship. While this Conference has a lake-basin theme, most of the topics are of relevance also to river-basin and groundwater-system projects. Thus, the workshop has the following objectives: 1)Demonstrate tested approaches & methodologies to engage the private sector in GEF (and related non-GEF) both during project implementation as well as to sustain project outcomes and enhance water stewardship, 2)Discuss ongoing cross-cutting developments and priorities in the GEF IW portfolio. Click here for details.

BirdLife International, Governments of Rwanda, Burundi & DRC, ACNR, Horizon Nature, ABN and WCS

Climate Resilient Altitudinal Gradient Intervention Plan for Lake Kivu-Rusizi River Watershed

May 2nd

17.30-19:00 Kama Hall

Contact: Chris Magero


This session focuses on Climate Resilient Altitudinal Gradients (CRAGs) intervention plan that is borne out of the CRAGs approach, which rests mainly on the role of altitudinal gradients in providing ecosystem services (particularly water regulation and provision), hosting unique biodiversity, and being a focus for detecting and managing the impacts of Climate Change. CRAGs are defined as multi-scale landscape units with a minimum altitudinal range of 1,000 meters that are characterized by climate resilient biodiversity and ecosystem service values. The CRAGs Intervention Plan (CIP) illustrates how scientific approaches can be used to identify the threats to ecosystems and vulnerability to climate change and provides specific intervention to build resilience for the benefit of communities and biodiversity in altitudinal gradients.


INBO AfriAlliance Workshop

Social innovation needs in Water and Climate: Regional Priorities in Africa

May 3rd

17.30-19:00 Elgon Hall

Contact: Edouard Boinet

The AfriAlliance project aims for African and European stakeholders to work together in the areas of water innovation, research, policy, and capacity development in order to increase the preparedness of Africa for future climate change vulnerabilities. This workshop will introduce the project and ignite discussions in an interactive setting on what are the innovation needs, and the innovative solutions to address challenges related to climate and water. Click here for details.

INBO COP22’s legacy

Implementing the Global Climate Action Agenda in the Water Sector

May 4th

17.30-19:00 Elgon Hall

Contact: Edouard Boinet

This session will present how the last United Nations Climate Change conference marked a turning point, with a clear recognition of the fact that water is a priority when it comes to addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation and the launch of the Global Water and Climate Alliances. The session will present this coalition for action gathering cities, businesses, and basin organizations that develop and implement innovative projects of adaptation in the basins of rivers, lakes, and aquifers, including through an incubation platforms that aims to bridge the gap between donors and project holders. Click here for details.

TNC/MacArthur Foundation

African Great Lakes Fund Advisory & Conference Recommendation Follow-up Meeting

May 5th

14:00-17:00 Elgon Hall

Contact: John Watkin

With additional support from the MacArthur Foundation, we will be announcing a one-year grant-making program dedicated to supporting priorities that come out of the African Great Lakes Conference. This African Great Lakes Fund will be used to make competitive grants to projects in and across the seven African Great Lakes in 2018. A process will determine how these funds can best be allocated, and how we can leverage these funds through other existing or future financing programs.