This week, climate experts across Africa gathered in Nairobi, invited by AGNES, to rethink climate resilience. This meeting was to discuss how to apply the climate models and tools that has been used in other parts of the world to suit the African environment. However, it was evident that these tools should be local reflecting African context just as it was evident that there are many parameters that can only be understood locally in order to come up with local solutions to the problems facing the society. The meeting incorporated valuable inputs and a timely tone from the concerned focal people such as climate modellers, IPCC members, practitioners and other active climatologists engaged in the African region. This explained the need to ensure that their efforts recognized the social efforts towards progressive climate change action. This meeting is great and has far-reaching implications for future progress towards climate policy, cooperation and negotiations at both the regional and international levels.

Group Photo: Experts meeting in Eka Hotel, Nairobi Kenya

Opening Reflections / Context

The opening statements set the participants of the African Modelers and Experts Meeting into the right focus by highlighting the importance of the meeting. A few speakers emphasized on the need to consider the African perspective in analyzing climate change. Their passionate calls resonated deeply, rallying participants around a shared goal: to extend these basic climate models to the requirements of the continent. This collective desire was expressed throughout the day and reconciled the notions of unity and perseverance.

Key Topics

The first day focused on exploring the major drawbacks of applying current global climate models to Africa. Some of the experts noted that these models do not consider wide differences in ecological, socio-economic, and cultural characteristics of African countries. Another participant, Dr. Cromwell, underscored that, “Our realities require solutions that are not available at the global level.” Other leaders also recounted that applying global best practices turned out to be counterproductive. The call for locally driven climate models was evident while noting that only through such instruments, effective and lasting climate measures can be developed to address Africa climate issues.

Collaborative Pathways Forward

Innovative Solutions Unveiled

The second day of the African Modelers and Experts Meeting revealed several effective recommendations for improving climate change vulnerability approaches. Major points of consideration centered on the use of artificial intelligence to enhance climate modelling and prediction, stressing the possibility of greatly enhancing the reliability of climate impact prognosis in Africa. One of the major suggestions proposed was the need to create regional models that fully reflect the environmental, social, and economic conditions of the given area so that the strategies are not only feasible but also accurate. Additionally, the use of block chain technology was proposed to improve accountability in climate finance so that funds get utilized appropriately and get to the project as planned.

Voices from the Field

 The sessions allowed the participants to think of how the strategic discussions are applicable in their practice and within communities. Dr. William Otieno, for instance, posed what most participants considered an important concern when reviewing the day’s outcomes: “What is AGNES going to do with all these recommendations?”

In response to this, the AGNES lead, Dr George Wamukoya, OGW,  promised to ensure that action would follow the discussion. He affirmed that, “AGNES does not sleep on information. We are going to present these recommendations to the IPCC tomorrow, 10th of July”. This conversation emphasized how AGNES is keen on transitioning from discussion to action and it reflected the meeting’s intention as not just the time for theorizing but acting on theories.

This part of the meeting effectively captured the essence of linking abstract ideas with concrete solutions as the participants appeared very focused on translating ideas adopted in the meeting sessions into practice. This commitment plays a role in further engaging climate policy enthusiasts across Africa and keeping the region at the frontline of world climate talks.

Reflections and Looking Ahead

Bringing the curtain down on the African Modelers and Experts Meeting, the scale and intensity of discussions on Long-Term Low Emission Development Strategies (LT-LEDS), Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) provide a solid framework. We have outlined the following framework: strengthening existing open climate models/sources and tools relevant to Africa and creating task forces of professionals to advance these models for practical implementation.

These meeting outcomes reflect our commitment not only to comprehend the climate change issue but also to influence it through improved modelling tools. Proposals on constructing models tailored for various sectors, building superior quality data sets, and integrating newer AI techniques into our models will assist in the accuracy of climate predictions and subsequent policies. It starts from the grassroots level and progresses to the governmental level, highlighting community involvement and technical knowledge as part of the way to sustainability.

When the attention shifts to the future, the shown emotions are optimistic. We are on the brink of moving from strategy to action; it is expected that these recommendations will be provided for consideration in the next 7th cycle of the IPCC assessment. This will ensure that Africans are not only represented but that they have impactful voices in decision-making processes regarding climate change. We must continue to collaborate and along with each other bring ideas to life that will form the basis for our mighty future.


This African Modelers and Experts Meeting has brought together the modelers and the experts on climate aspects, in the development of better models and cooperation. As reflected throughout this paper, localized solutions implemented by regional experts can yield substantial improvements in both local and global climate negotiations. Going forward, the principles of community participation and professional partnerships shall be our guide as we transcend geographical boundaries designed for a future where sustainability and resilience are not only possible but inevitable.

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