1st Panorama webinar: African protected area solutions to climate change

The 1st Panorama webinar was held on 28th January 2016 and introduced "protected area solutions" from Kenya, Senegal and Madagascar.

Access the recording here.

Senegal, Saloum Delta

Africa is one of the continents most affected by climate change. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the rate of climate change in Africa is faster than previously predicted, while the vulnerability of its people and ecosystems is high.

Yet, Africans have coped with unpredictable and highly variable environments over millennia, and many countries and communities have developed nature-based solutions for adapting to environmental uncertainty.

A new publication, launched at the Paris Climate COP under the Panorama initiative, highlights the critical role that protected areas can play in securing healthy ecosystems, which provide natural barriers to disasters, store carbon and support local communities. The publication showcases “inspiring protected area solutions” from across Africa.

On 28th January 2016 (2pm CET), some of the publication’s authors presented and discussed their solutions in an interactive webinar.


Dr. James Kairo
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)
Solution: “Community based mangrove carbon offset project in Kenya”

  • Dr. Kairo has worked as the principal research officer in KMFRI since 1995
  • In 2011, he was awarded the Kenyan National Award of Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear, one of Kenya’s highest civilian service awards, presented by Kenya’s head of state in recognition of Dr. Kairo’s work on mangrove planting.

El Hadji Ballé Seye & Camille Buyck
Solution: Addressing resource degradation to enhance climate change resilience

  • Mr. Seye and Ms. Buyck will introduce solutions found through the EPIC project, for addressing plant resource degradation and increased vulnerability to drought and floods in the Saloum Delta, Senegal
  • EPIC relies on local knowledge to reforest areas, restore degraded land and regulate the use of natural resources

Lalao Aigrette
Blue Ventures
Solution: An incentivized, participatory approach to mangrove conservation

  • Ms. Aigrette has a passion for the conservation of blue forests, having worked in mangrove field research and leading large-scale mangrove assessments for the last five years with Blue Ventures.
  • She draws upon years of experience working in community-based natural management in order to now establish and support blue forest projects with local communities.
Work area: 
Protected Areas
Protected Areas
East and Southern Africa
West and Central Africa
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