Kulima director in Zambia to train on mainstreaming climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans

training workshop in MonguDr Katharine Vincent is in Mongu in Zambia this week to run a training course on mainstreaming climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans. Integrated Development Plans are spatial planning documents lasting 10 years which are developed by all districts. As part of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience seven districts in Western Province, together with national and provincial planning staff from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing and the Ministry of Development Planning, are being trained on the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into the planning process. This follows on from earlier workshops to mainstream climate resilience into District and Ward Development Plans, and training on the process of Gender-sensitive Climate Risk Assessment.

DECCMA publishes new working paper on observed adaptations in deltas with input from Kulima

D6.1.1A review of observed adaptations in deltas has been published by the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) Adaptation team, which includes Dr Katharine Vincent. From a review of peer-reviewed literature the team found 122 documented adaptations: 93 from the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna; 15 from the Volta in Ghana, and 14 from the Mahanadi in India. The bulk of the adaptations are agriculture- and water-related. DECCMA is currently conducting a survey of 6000 households in the three deltas which will add to the evidence on adaptations.

Kulima director in Kathmandu for CARIAA Annual Learning Review

DECCMA stand at ALR 2016Dr Katharine Vincent is in Kathmandu this week to participate in the 2017 Annual Learning Review for the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme. The meeting brings together researchers from the four CARIAA programmes that are investigating adaptation in different hotspots: HI-AWARE (snowpack river basins), ASSAR (semi-arid regions), PRISE (semi-arid economies) and DECCMA (deltas). The purpose is to discuss emerging findings and highlight opportunities to inform adaptation policy and practice. Katharine will also participate in a pre-meeting with her Research-into-Use counterparts to ensure cross-project learning and maximise impact throughout the remainder of the programme.

Kulima director running climate resilience mainstreaming workshops in Zambia

mainstreaming workshopDr Katharine Vincent is in Zambia at the moment to run a series of climate resilience mainstreaming workshops. 14 districts in the Western and Southern provinces, forming part of the Barotse sub-basin of the Zambezi river, are mainstreaming their District and Ward Development Plans for climate resilience. Once this is complete, they will be able to apply for adaptation grants from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience to support implementation of their activities. Demonstration workshops have been run for Kaoma, Nalolo and Sioma districts; and Simakumba, Muoyo and Mbeta wards.

Kulima director participating in workshop on climate information for development

Cape TownDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week for a workshop on communication, interpretation and use of climate information for development led by Professors Suraje Dessai (University of Leeds) and Coleen Vogel (University of the Witwatersrand). Katharine will act as a mentor alongside Drs Joe Daron, Admire Nyamwanza and Rachel James. The workshop brings together early career researchers from the UK and South Africa under the British Council Researcher Links programme, which aims to enable interaction, shared opportunities for learning, and the building of research links for future collaboration.

Kulima director attending International Conference on Climate Services in Cape Town

ICCS5 posterDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week attending the International Conference on Climate Services. She will be presenting a poster in the session on "what can we learn from all the co-experiences"? The poster, entitled "From a clean slate to multiple options-eliciting user needs for climate information in Malawi" is a reflection on the methodological evolution employed within the UMFULA project with agricultural planners in both the public and private sectors. 

Kulima director in Stellenbosch for UNESCO MOST Sustainability School

Stellenbosch wine farmsDr Katharine Vincent is in Stellenbosch this week at the UNESCO Sustainability School. The school is part of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations Programme, and is one of a number of such schools that has been held around the world. With the theme “Promoting Interdisciplinary research in project management, policy research and public policy development”, the school is bringing together researchers and government officials from across southern Africa at the Stellenbosch Sustainability Institute.  Katharine will be presenting on the importance of gender-responsiveness in sustainability for policy and practice.

Kulima director participating in DECCMA whole consortium meeting in Southampton

DECCMA meetingDr Katharine Vincent is in Southampton this week to participate in the whole consortium meeting of the DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project. DECCMA is one project within the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme.  It focuses on the extent to which, and circumstances under which, migration is, and may be, used as an adaptation in three deltas: the Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra and Indian Bengal delta, the Mahanadi, and the Volta. Kulima's involvement is to ensure gender is integrated throughout the project, and to play a role in ensuring that research findings are effectively communicated beyond an academic audience. The meeting with bring together all consortium partners to assess progress and share information on emerging findings, and plan for the publication of data analysis to date.

 

Kulima director in Zambia to start process of mainstreaming development plans

groupworkDr Katharine Vincent is in Lusaka this week to work with the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience in the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into development plans. In 2015, working with a local consultant, she trained Climate Resilience and Adaptation Facilitators in the process of undertaking gender-sensitive climate risk assessments in communities. This assignment looks to create a supportive institutional and planning framework for climate resilience. Guidelines for mainstreaming climate resilience into development plans will be produced, and the process of mainstreaming selected District Development Plans and Integrated Development Plans in the Barotse floodplain will be undertaken in 2017.

Kulima director in Malawi with other members of the UMFULA team

Lower ShireDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi for the next 2 weeks, visiting Lilongwe, Mulanje, Blantyre and Chikwawa with other members of the UMFULA team. The "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA) project is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with climate services in Africa. Team members from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the University of Leeds, and the University of KwaZulu Natal will be continuing investigations into the political economy of decision-making contexts, interrogating priority climate metrics to generate user-relevant climate information, and seeking feedback and inputs to the the emerging design of a WEAP model for water resources under climate change for the Lower Shire basin.