Kulima part of team presenting an initial cost estimate of South Africa’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to a multi-stakeholder validation workshop

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Pretoria this week with colleagues from CowaterSogema to present their initial cost estimate for the implementation of South Africa's National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to the a validation workshop of multiple stakeholders, including the Department of Environmental Affairs. The aim of the costing exercise is to highlight the business case for investment in adaptation in South Africa, for use both within national government and to seek alternative sources of adaptation finance. The strategy has a 10 year lifespan as is due to be formally adopted in 2019. The team applied mixed methods (top down/parametric, bottom-up, analagous and expert-informed) to cost the strategic interventions. After finalisation the initial cost estimate will have various purposes, including lobbying government to fund activities contained within it.

Kulima director participating in Africa’s first Wikipedia edit-a-thon on climate change

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week to participate in Africa's first Wikipedia edit-a-thon on climate change. Hosted by CDKN and Future Climate For Africa, the event will bring together researchers from across the African continent who have been involved in a number of major research programmes so that they can update and create new pages to reflect their findings. With an average of 16 billion page views a month, Wikipedia is a common port-of-call for laypeople, and thus using the platform to communicate research findings can improve impact and also help to ensure quality and robustness of information. As she is involved in two major Africa-focused research programmes, Future Climate For Africa and Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, Katharine's role will be to synthesise findings from across the participants into some of the broader thematic topics.

UMFULA launches new brief projecting future water availability in Lake Malawi and the Shire River basin

The Future Climate For Africa UMFULA project has just released a new brief Projecting water availability in Lake Malawi and the Shire River basin. Led by Dr Ajay Bhave from the University of Leeds, the UMFULA research team has developed an open access water resources model (WEAP) that highlights potential future changes in Lake Malawi water levels and subsequent flows in the Shire River basin. Water availability has implications for energy (hydropower generation), food production (irrigation capacity) and environmental flows (for example through the maintenance of the Elephant Marsh wetland). Results indicate a range of potential futures, which illustrates the importance of adaptive decision-making approaches that are robust to uncertainty in supporting improved water management and infrastructure development in Malawi.

 

Kulima director in Malawi for annual meeting of GCRF Building Research Capacity for sustainable water and food security In sub-Saharan Africa (BRECcIA) project

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi this week to participate in the annual research meeting ot the GCRF Building Research Capacity for sustainable water and food security In sub-Saharan Africa (BRECcIA) project. BRECcIA aims to “strengthen individual research capabilities and institutional capacity in three countries: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi” and do this in order to carry out impactful and high-quality research that leads to positive changes in policy and practice for sustainable water and food security. Katharine is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the project, and will be providing inputs to the applicability of research findings in the region and to the complementarities with other related initiatives. 

Kulima running training in Namibia on gender mainstreaming in climate change projects

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Windhoek this week, running a training course on gender mainstreaming in climate change projects for the Development Bank of Namibia. The workshop has been organised with the support of the Southern Africa Climate Finance Partnership (a programme supported by DFID and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), and aims to build capacity to develop gender-responsive project concept notes and proposals that are successful in receiving resources from the Green Climate Fund. Katharine will be providing an introduction to gender and climate change, and then outlining the process of designing gender-responsive projects, including the gender assessment and gender action plan.

Kulima attending SADC workshop on disaster risk reduction

Dr Katharine Vincent was in Windhoek this week, attending a SADC workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction. During the workshop she presented plans to integrate gender into SADC's Disaster Risk Reduction Strategic Plan and Plan of Action 2018-30. This will take place as part of a World Bank-funded project led by Cowater Sogema, in which Katharine is the team leader. The purpose of the presentation was to gain feedback from member state DRR focal points and regional stakeholders into the planned approach, and start to identify priorities and examples of good practice of gender-responsive disaster risk reduction.

Kulima undertaking consultations with RECs to mainstream gender into DRR strategies

In the last two weeks, Dr Katharine Vincent has visited two of Africa's Regional Economic Commissions – the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Gaborone and the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja. The consultations took place as part of a World Bank-funded project led by Cowater Sogema to design Gender Strategies and Action Plans for disaster risk reduction in each region to ensure that ex-ante risk reduction and ex-post response and rehabilitation measures are gender-responsive. The purpose of the consultations was to undertake stakeholder mapping and design a consultation process and workplan to deliver the Gender Strategies and Action Plan.

Kulima participating in workshop on evolving regional climate information for decision-making

Dr Katharine Vincent is joining UMFULA PI Professor Declan Conway this week at a workshop in the UK to discuss advancing the development of regional climate information for decision-making. The workshop is convened by the Universities of Cape Town and Reading, together with the Walker Institute and DFID. The small group of particpants will seek to frame new research approaches that address the physical science and societal application in order to help inform
DFID and other relevant agency planning. Katharine and Declan will share insights and experiences based on UMFULA's work in improving the use of medium-term climate information in planning an decision-making in Malawi and Tanzania.

Kulima participating in annual review meeting for the UMFULA project

Dr Katharine Vincent is joining colleagues from the Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications (UMFULA) project today for the annual review of progress with funders DFID and NERC. The meeting is taking place with the lead institution, the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As it nears the end of its lifespan, UMFULA has undertaken novel research into decision-making processes and the institutional structures that government climate change policy in southern Africa, and supported decision-making under uncertainty in the water-energy-food nexus in Malawi and Tanzania.

Kulima part of team presenting an initial cost estimate of South Africa’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Last week Dr Katharine Vincent and colleagues from CowaterSogema presented their initial cost estimate for the implementation of South Africa's National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to the Department of Environmental Affairs. The aim of the costing exercise is to highlight the business case for investment in adaptation in South Africa, for use both within national government and to seek alternative sources of adaptation finance. The strategy has a 10 year lifespan as is due to be formally adopted in 2019. The team applied mixed methods (top down/parametric, bottom-up, analagous and expert-informed) to cost the strategic interventions. The next step is for the draft to be presented to a stakeholder workshop prior to finalisation.