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The 1st International Conference on Geography and Development (INCOGaD 2018)

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      INCOGaD 2018

Ever since the impetus given to the quest for a reduction in global greenhouse gases emission towards the abatement of global climate change at previous conferences and more recently in Paris and Marrakesh; many countries, and indeed regional blocks especially in sub-Saharan Africa, have demonstrated good faith and commitments to ensuring that their intended nationally determined contributions [(I)NDCs] towards keeping global temperature between 1.5°C and 2°C at maximum by 2030, are strenuously pursued. In view of this commitment, it is essential to assess the efforts, gains and challenges experienced so far, by a continent that is so affected by climate change at all dimensions of human endeavours.

Climate change is arguably the greatest global developmental challenge of the 21st Century that transcends all facets of human lives; economic, agriculture, food security, habitation security, health and tourism etc.  So important is climate change that it has been incorporated into the newly promulgated SGDs, the current global blueprint. The call is for all players from the international arena to the local and grassroots levels, to contribute by way of mobilizing available technical, financial, human and intellectual resources to fight the canker. What makes the situation direr is the fact that Africa and other third world countries that contribute the least to global climate change, are at the receiving end of its impacts. In view of factors such as low technology, high dependence on nature for sustenance, widespread ignorance and low adaptive capacities, there is the need for a broader knowledge sharing on the current trend of global climate change.

Much as the enthusiasm and commitments to 'succeed' have been demonstrated, it is essential to create platforms that would afford stakeholders from industry, government, academia and regional institutions, the opportunity for reviewing, brainstorming and evaluation the national and sub-regional strategies, resources, achievements and challenges of NDC mechanisms, for streamlining and sustainability. In ascertaining this, a regional comparison, from regional economic development areas is essential and imperative, in learning and sharing experiences from each other, toward the achievement of the set goals.  The Department of Geography and Rural Development of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana, in partnership with the Sam Huston State University of Texas, USA and the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana are organizing the 1st International Conference on Geography and Development (INCOGaD) under the theme “Climate Change and Sustainable Development”.

The conference has five main sub-themes inter alia, Climate Change and Development; Climate Change and Tourism; Climate Change and Health; Natural Resources Governance; and Physical Geography, GIS and Remote Sensing.  This is scheduled for the period 24th to 27th July 2018, in Kumasi, the Cultural hub of Ghana, cum the Garden City of West Africa.

About DGRD

The Department of Geography and Rural Development (DGRD) is one of the twenty (20) Departments of the Faculty of Social Sciences in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The department delivers over forty-eight (48) courses on the average, per semester to a student population of about two thousand, five hundred (2,500), with a staff strength of seventeen (17) senior members; comprising a Professor, Senior Lecturers and Lecturers.