Scenarios work in Burkina Faso informs upcoming research

A new paper analyzes and compares how anticipatory processes inform decision-making on climate adaptation in West Africa. Photo: Ollivier Girard (CIFOR)
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Jan 22, 2019


Charlotte Ballard and Karlijn Muiderman (Utrecht University)


Upcoming paper builds on CCAFS scenario-guided policy review in Burkina Faso for the analysis of climate adaptation through an anticipatory climate governance lens.

The Re-imagining anticipatory climate governance in the world’s vulnerable regions (RE-IMAGINE) project, sister project of CCAFS Scenarios, explores the processes and mechanisms through which climate futures are currently being imagined, and their implications for present-day climate policy and governance.

In her upcoming paper, Karlijn Muiderman, RE-IMAGINE researcher, uses the CCAFS foresight process in Burkina Faso as one of the cases to analyze and compare how anticipatory processes inform decision-making on climate adaptation in West Africa.

A recent blog on the RE-IMAGINE project website further describes her work and how CCAFS scenarios work informs the research:

"A policy review of these cases illustrates that many different forms of anticipation are currently applied in the West African region, with large differences in how they connect to policy cycles. Policies often state that participatory approaches such as the CCAFS process are crucial in exploring climate futures in order to account for uncertainty and complexity and develop inclusive strategies.

Recommendations from the analysis of the CCAFS case and 24 others will be used to strengthen anticipatory climate governance in the region through a series of capacity-building meetings with key experts working on the foresight-policy interface, both at the national and the regional level, aiming to be a chain of interventions towards institutional change.

Similar meetings will be held in RE-IMAGINE’s other regions (Central America, South Asia and Southeast Asia), building on analysis of both CCAFS and non-CCAFS regional foresight processes."

Read the original blog on the RE-IMAGINE project website. 

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Made possible by the BNP Paribas Foundation’s ‘Climate Action Call’, the RE-IMAGINE project is led by Utrecht University’s Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development with Wageningen University & Research, the University of Oxford and the CCAFS Future Scenarios Project as project partners.