During the Adaptation Futures 2018 conference in Cape Town, I organised and chaired on behalf of the Delta Alliance a session on knowledge exchange in African deltas. The session with African coordinators of Ghana, Kenya, Benin and Egypt and the West Indian Ocean Deltas Exchange & Research (WIoDER) network, the IDRC and Wetlands Africa discussed common challenges of African deltas and effective approaches to develop comprehensive local adaptation planning for African deltas.
The Delta Alliance, the African deltas in Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, and Benin and Wetlands Africa proposed to develop an African delta adaptation lab. The lab will serve as a learning environment on sustainable delta planning to assure the transfer of collective knowledge on delta planning to other African Deltas and create conditions for private sector investments. The lab will bring together universities, experts, decision makers, companies and community leaders within African deltas to jointly develop knowledge on sustainable delta planning by actively designing, selecting and implementing practical solutions in a test site and learn for application elsewhere.