The 2015 International Conference on Climate Change and National Development (CCND) was organised on June 24 and 25th 2015 under the University of Ghana’s “Building Capacity to meet the Climate Change Challenge (B4C)-Ghana” project . The project is implemented by a consortium of three organisations, the University of Ghana, the Centre for African Wetlands and the Ghana Wildlife Society and is supported by the Open Society Foundation. This year’s conference is the first of what is to become an annual event, each year focusing on a specific global environmental issue of high relevance to African nations.
The sub-theme of the 2015 conference, “Harnessing Research for Sustainability” was selected to showcase results of the research studies carried out under the B4C project over the past four years, but also to bring together researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders to deliberate on climate change issues across Africa and explore options for national development in the face of a changing climate. We are pleased to welcome researchers from eight countries (Hong Kong, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, United Kingdom and the United States) who will be presenting papers on a range of climate change issues including food security, water resources, ecosystems and biodiversity, gender and health. The final session of the conference will be devoted to communication, with a special media event to highlight the importance of spreading the climate change message and the key role of the media in this endeavour.