Kevin C. Urama on adaptation initiatives and ATPS’s conference hopes

Dr. Kevin C. Urama, Executive Director of the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), voices his desire for the government’s of the world to wise up and save the planet. He calls for a legally binding agreement and praises the knowledge sharing occurring at COP 17 between countries. Urama then explains that African adaptation initiatives are coming from multiple actors, the most interesting being rural farmers who are forced to adapt out of necessity. He says funding for these activities comes from multiple relationships – mainly bilateral international and national agencies. He calls for the private sector to invest in adaptation initiatives because governments cannot fund it forever and, he claims, they could make business out of it.

Interviewed by Emily Bowie on December 5, 2011, COP 17, Durban, South Africa