Kulima working with Urban Earth to support adaptation projects in South African provinces

Dr Katharine Vincent is part of a project team led by Urban Earth which is working on an assignment as part of GIZ's Provincial Climate Change Support Programme. The aim is to support the development of adaptation project proposals from six of South Africa's provinces. Kwazulu Natal, Mpumulanga, Limpopo, Gauteng, Northwest and the Northern Cape have all identified priority projects out of their provincial adaptation strategies that are related to water and climate change. Kulima's role is input to the development of financial proposals based on appropriate adaptation finance sources. 

DECCMA releases a summary of its key findings on climate change, migration and adaptation

As it nears the end of its 4.5 year lifespan, the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project has released a summary of its key findings on climate change, migration and adaptation. Deltas are home to 500 million people worldwide and play a key role in the economies of countries. Climate change exacerbates environmental change due to sea level rise, salinisation, flooding and coastal erosion, and different levels of social vulnerability create different risk profiles (including for men and women). Migration has long been evident in deltas (primarily from rural areas to urban areas) but environmental change alters the context in which migration decisions are taken, particularly when environmental factors reduce the ability to earn a living. As mobile environments, adaptation has always occurred, but more is likely to be required in the future. The publication also outlines some of DECCMA policy impacts building achievements. Kulima's role in DECCMA has been to ensure integration of gender, champion research impact activities, and contribute to adaptation research.

Kulima hosting a writeshop on climate services for the UMFULA project

This week Kulima is hosting a writeshop in South Africa for members of the UMFULA project (under the Future Climate For Africa programme). The writeshop will be attended by team members from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, University of Leeds and University of Kwazulu Natal. The aim is to compare, contrast and synthesise findings from research conducted in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. Planned papers relate to the political economy of climate change in each country, insights into effective and equitable adaptation options for small-scale commodity (tea and sugar) farmers, and analysis of how to best visualise climate information so that the intended message is effectively understood by planners.

New open access paper “How do staff motivation and workplace environment affect capacity of governments to adapt to climate change in developing countries?”

A new paper "How do staff motivation and workplace environment affect capacity of governments to adapt to climate change in developing countries?" has just been made available online in the journal Environmental Science and Policy. The paper, led by Joanna Pardoe with Katharine Vincent and Declan Conway, is an output of the UMFULA (Future Climate for Africa) project, and is based on self-determination theory surveys that were conducted with government officials in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. The study finds that whilst external influences and hierarchical structures are recognised, these do not have a strong direct influence on staff motivation to respond to climate change, but they do appear to inhibit capacities to act. Lack of staff and limited government-allocated budget reduce the ability of ministries to be self-determined and set their own agendas, as they create a dependence on donor-determined projects.

Kulima director in Kathmandu for the 5th Climate Change Adaptation Policy and Science conference

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Kathmandu this week at the 5th Climate Change Adaptation Policy and Science (CCAPS) conference, taking place at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The conference marks a final event for the Himalayan Adaptation, Resilience and Water (HiAWARE) project. The first day has the theme "Gendered vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalaya" and will include a panel discussion "Gendered vulnerabilities in a changing climate: reflections and learning", with representatives of other projects in the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). The session will build on similar discussions held during Adaptation Futures 2018 in June in Cape Town. Katharine will represent the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project in the panel discussion.

Kulima director in Southampton to work with the DECCMA team

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Southampton this week to work with the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) team. The aims of the visit are to assess and synthesis DECCMA findings on adaptation needs and practice in deltas. With the project drawing to a close in November, there are results from qualitative and quantitative research in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna, Indian Bengal, Mahanadi and Volta deltas. The intention is that these can inform a research agenda on adaptation, methodological approaches to adaptation, and elaborate what sustainable adaptation looks like in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals, Sendai Framework, and Paris Agreement.

New paper “Communities of practice. One size does not fit all” in Climate Services

A new paper "Communities of practice. One size does not fit all" is now available online in the journal Climate Services. The paper, by Katharine Vincent, Anna Steynor, Katinka Waagsaether and Tracy Cull, furthers the argument for a nuanced understanding of communities of practice (COPs) that recognises the intradisciplinary and transdisciplinary variants. For successful climate services that enable adaptation to climate change, transdisciplinary COPs are typically required that bring together producers and users. This paper reflects on the role that donor-funded projects can play in supporting the effective generation of sustainable COPs. 

New briefing paper “Policy coherence for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa” with inputs from Kulima

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (at the London School of Economics and Political Science) and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy has just released a briefing note "Policy coherence for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa". The briefing note, written by Patrick Curran, Andy Dougill, Joanna Pardoe and Katharine Vincent, is based on a number of research papers produced under the Future Climate For Africa UMFULA project, which have looked at policy coherence in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. It highlights how sub-optimal levels of coherence of policies and strategies relating to climate change (water, energy and food) could threaten the achievement of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals.

New paper with inputs from Kulima “Documenting the state of adaptation for the global stocktake of the Paris Agreement”

A new opinion piece "Documenting the state of adaptation for the global stocktake of the Paris Agreement" has been published in WIREs Climate Change. The paper, by Emma Tompkins, Katharine Vincent, Robert Nicholls and Natalie Suckall, proposes a stocktaking approach to document the spectrum and prevalence of adaptation over large scales, as mandated by the global stocktake of the Paris Agreement. The stocktaking approach is based on a method used to develop inventories of adaptation in four deltas within the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project. It involves four steps: (a) obtaining consensus on the objectives of adaptation; (b) agreeing the sources of evidence; (c) agreeing the search method; and (d) categorizing the adaptations.

New UMFULA paper released “Climate information needs in southern Africa: A review”

The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the Grantham Research Institute of Climate Change and the Environment and the University of Leeds has released a new working paper as an output of the UMFULA project. Dr Katharine Vincent is an author of the working paper, entitled "Climate information needs in southern Africa. A review". The paper reviews the state of the landscape of available climate information, barriers to climate information use, and the climate information needs of different sectors in southern Africa. It draws on published literature, documentary evidence and primary research with decision makers in the Southern African Development Community.