Olubukola Victoria Oyerinde, 2011 AWARD Fellow, Nigeria
Dr. Olubukola Victoria Oyerinde recently presented a paper at the Second International Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2012 at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. Her paper titled, “Climate Change Impacts and Adaptive Capacity of Forest Communities in South-west Nigeria: Gender Perspective”, was well-received by more than 120 participants who attended the panel session. “I was overwhelmed by the feedback I got from other participants about my presentation,” says Oyerinde. “I remain grateful to AWARD for setting me up on this ‘higher ground’ in my career development. My network is expanding!”
Oyerinde’s participation at the conference was supported by a grant from Elsevier, a scientific publishing company. She also attended a workshop at Adaptation Futures 2012, a conference on climate adaptation, which was held at the university the following week. Sponsored by NASA, SEDAC, UNEP, UNU-IHDP, and PROVIA, the workshop was on “Data Gaps for Research and Action on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation.”
“The workshop brought major stakeholders to identify high-priority data weaknesses and gaps and to identify partnerships for addressing them,” says Oyerinde, a senior lecturer in the Forest Resource Economics Unit of the Department of Forestry and Wood Technology at the Federal University of Technology.