DAY 1:  May 2

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Remarks 


  • Short Film

Opening Address:

  • Welcome from Perim Associates
  • Dr. Mark Pagani, Director of Yale Climate & Energy Institute
  • Mr. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh, President, Djibouti Chamber of Commerce
  • Executive Secretary of IGAD
  • H.E. Minister of Habitat, Urbanism and Environment
  • H.E. Minister of Higher Education and Research
  • H.E. Mr. Omar Ismael Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti

11:00-11:30:  Coffee Break

11:30-12:30PM:  Con’t.

  • Dr. Araya Asfaw, HOA-REC
  • IGAD
  • Ambassador Marc Chataigner, IRD

12:30-1:45PM:  Lunch

Panel 1:  The Meaning of Resilience & Adaptation

1:45-2:45 PM

Resilience and adaptability have become buzzwords in the international development community for range of adaptive strategies.  A multidisciplinary panel discusses “resilience”, within the context of climate change, environmental degradation and shifting trade patterns.  What does resilience mean for East Africa in the early 21st century?   How will resilience efforts be planned, managed and financed?


Panel 2: The Regional Impact of Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that at 2012 rates of carbon dioxide emission, the Earth’s surface temperature could rise between 1.4 and 5.8 degrees Celsius within 25 years.   East Africa is at particular risk for a range of associated environmental shocks, including changes in rainfall patterns, flooding, migration, famine — and resulting social and economic instability.  What does climate-induced change in East Africa, the Red Sea and Arabia look like over the next two decades?  How can government and industry best prepare?

3:45-4:00PM:  Coffee break

Financing Regional Resilience [choice of workshops]

A. 4:00-5:45:  Optimal Design Principles for National Environmental Codes 

Mr. Andrew Otis, Mr. Charles Buderi, Curtis Mallet-Prevost, LLP

B. 4:00-5:45:  Contracting Environmental Compliance

Mr. Reginald Jones, Mr. Michael Sweet, Fox Rothschild, LLP

C. 4:00-5:00:  Regulation and Risk Mitigation

Dr. Dante Quaglione, Berkeley Research Group

D. 4:00-4:45:  Introduction to OPIC Financing Facilities & Kenya Geothermal Energy Case Study

Mr. Stephen Morel, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

E.  5:00-6:00: Quantifying Resilience, Dr. Maria Ivanova, University of Massachusetts – Boston



Day 2, May 3  [split panels] 

Continuous refreshments available in foyer

9:00- 10:00 AM:

Panel 3A:  Innovating Conservation

Regional environmental conservationists struggle against poaching, the destruction of natural habitat and overpopulation.  In the context of climate change and accelerated regional economic development,  conservation methods and managers must be ever more creative.  This panel will look at promising conservation models and approaches, and what is being done — or should be done – in East Africa to save endangered plants, animals and ecosystems.

Panel 3B: The Greening of East Africa:  An Investor’s Perspective 

Over the last 10 years Africa’s fortunes, and its attractiveness as an investment destination have greatly exceeded prior expectations.  The renewable-energy, clean-tech and agribusiness sectors are among the most promising.  From an investor’s perspective, where will the highest returns be found in the coming decade?  Which regional and international regulatory, finance and banking systems are supporting growth? What principles should guide investment in the East Africa renewables and clean tech sector?   How great a threat is environmental change, to economic and political stability?    In practice, which business models are proving most successful?

10:00-11:00 AM

Panel 4A: Waste Transformation: The Problem, The Solutions

The environmental threats and health risks posed by man-made waste are enormous. Yet there are various commercially viable opportunities to transform waste into sustainable products, resources, and other positive externalities like jobs – and even energy. This panel will describe the current problems, and some of the technologies that are driving innovation in mixed solid waste separation and processing in East Africa. Panelists describe how every type of material in the waste stream can be put to its highest and best use both environmentally and economically.

Panel 4B:  Water Resource Management in Arid Climates

Access to a reliable supply of clean water is essential for human survival, development and conflict management.  In a region marked by an extreme scarcity of  water resources, are new desalination, waste-management, and irrigation products and technologies having an impact?  Includes a discussion of some of the most promising water filtration, desalination and wastewater treatment technologies.

11:00AM-12:00 PM:

Panel 5A:  Marine Ecosystems Under Stress

Globalization has brought economic benefits to many countries in the region — but is also speeding ecological damage.  Panelists will discuss strategies for managing marine ecosystems in periods of tremendous stress, with examples of success and failure, taken from in and outside the region.   This panel also looks at state-level policy-makers’ options for promoting effective fishery management, as well as best practices in local commercial fisheries.

Panel 5B:  The Adoption Curve: Renewable Energy in East Africa

Lower oil prices combined with significant advances in technology are creating a wealth of opportunities in the renewables sector — particularly in East Africa, which is highly suited for the production of wind and geothermal energy. What is the state of play of renewable energies in the region?  What are the game-changing technologies, and deployment incentives and implementation challenges?   Hear from some of those leading the deployment – and regulation – of renewable energy in East Africa.

12:00-1:15 PM:  Lunch


The afternoon of Day 2 is composed of a series of presentations on the proposed Conference Initiatives.  Feedback is highly encouraged.  The idea is to engage the audience in shaping and critiquing these initiatives — and in some cases, to propose their own.

  • Set #1:  East Africa & Arabia Climate Impact Taskforce (EAACIAT):   [1:15-2:30 PM] The Yale Climate & Energy Institute presents a 5-year initiative linking climate researchers in the U.S. and Europe to regional research networks, for the purpose of creating a predictive map of the economic and social and impact of climate change  in East Africa.

Coffee Break: 2:30-2:45

  • Set #2:   Health & The Environment: An Acute Care & Screening Model: [2:45-4:00] The African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM), University of San Francisco Global Health, EyePACS, and Perim Associates present an integrated healthcare & informatics model for African transport hubs, and the links to environmental resilience.
    • Introduction to Acute Care  (Dr. Andi Tenner)
    • A model of Acute Care & Screening along the Ethio-Djiboutian Corridor (Dr. Andi Tenner and Dr. Ethan Chorin)
    • Screening and treating Diabetic Retinopathy (Dr. Ayoub Mohamed, Dr. Jorge Cuadros)

4:00-4:15:  Coffee Break & Snacks

  • Set #3:  The East Africa Environmental Observatory (CERD) [4:15-4:45]   CERD directors will present their vision for a Djibouti-based environmental data, analysis and policy facility, integrating the comparative analytical resources of regional countries.

HOA-REC initiatives:

  • The Horn of Africa Climate Change Program (HoA-CCP) [4:45-5:15]:  HOA-REC will present a 4-year regional program to enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation, and create ‘resilient landscapes’. Targeted countries: Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan.  Secured funding:  € 4.000.000
  • The Horn of African Wildlife Enforcement Network (HAWEN): [5:15-5:45] The Horn of African Wildlife Enforcement Network (HAWEN) is a coordinating body engaged to combat wildlife trafficking in the Horn of Africa and to contribute to the sustainable development of the region, and a more secure and stable Africa.  Targeted countries: IGAD region
  • The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP): [5:45-6:15] The GRP seeks to solve today’s complex and interrelated resilience challenges by aligning humanitarian and development planning; developing new models for accessing, integrating, and using data and information; advancing evidence-based tools and approaches to help prioritize and scale the most promising resilience investments and innovations, while connecting civil society and governments with private sector resources and expertise.  Secured funding: $ 1.000.000

7:30-11:00 PM:  Gala Soirée


  • H.E. Dr. Nabil Mohamed, Minister of Higher Education & Research, Djibouti

Dinner & Cultural Event on the Terrace

Followed by:

3 Award-winning short films on climate change, wildlife conservation & waste transformation

– “Mitigating Adverse Ecological impacts of open ocean fisheries” (28 minutes) 2013
– “In the light of cytometer, phytoplanktons under influences” (22 minutes) 2014 – subtitled
– “Islands and coral reefs of Juan de Nova” (52 minutes)  2004


DAY 3, May 4:  The Science Behind Resilience & Adaptation:

The morning of Day 3 is dedicated to regional presentations of scientific research relevant to the material discussed in the previous 2 days.  These are split/parallel presentations of 10-15 minutes each, organized by topic.

Split Presentations:


  • A. Health & Environment
  • B. Industrial Ecology

8:45-9:30 AM

  • A. Agriculture & Hydrology
  • B. Climate Change

9:30-10:30 AM

  • A. Renewable Energy
  • B. Geosciences

10:30-11:00: Light Brunch

11:00 AM-1:00 PM:  Closing Ceremony

  • Announcement of Conference Initiatives
  • Announcement of Conference Fund
  • Press Conference/ Closing Remarks


1:00-2:15  Lunch in the Kempinski Dining Room

Expert-led tours of one of the following:

  • The Forest of Day
  • Coral Reefs at Sept Freres + Iles Moucha
  • Lac Assal




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