Taking stock and looking forward: UMFULA’s annual meeting and stakeholder events in Malawi


Taking stock and looking forward by Kulima on Exposure

UMFULA publishes a variety of outputs relating to climate information

understanding model outputsAt its annual meeting and stakeholder events last week in Malawi, UMFULA published a number of outputs relating to climate information. Climate briefs were presented for both Malawi and Tanzania, in which future climate projections are highlighted, based on 34 global climate models used by the IPCC (CMIP-5). As well as the main brief, there is also a 2 page summary for policy-makers, and an annex for more technical readers. In addition a guide was published on "How to understand and interpret global climate model results". This accompanies an earlier guide on "Climate models: what they show us and how they can be used in planning". There is also "Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa", which was launched by CSIR and Kulima in October.

Kulima participating in UMFULA annual meeting in Malawi

workshopDr Katharine Vincent, Diana Mataya and Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema are in Mangochi this week, participating in the annual meeting of the UMFULA project, part of the Future Climate for Africa programme. The meeting brings together the climate scientists, impact modellers and social scientists from the UK, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania and Cameroon. It will be followed by a range of stakeholder events in Malawi, including a lunch with directors from our government partners, a panel discussion on the role of climate information in building a resilient Malawi, and participation in the environment and climate change donor coordination committee, to see how UMFULA outputs can inform ongoing programming in the country.

Kulima director participating in DECCMA writeshop

meetingDr Katharine Vincent will be spending time with her DECCMA colleagues this week. The Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation project is part of the IDRC Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme. A writeshop is taking place in which papers relating to migration, adaptation, and the integrated assessment model will be considered. In addition, the project team is meeting at the University of Southampton to discuss how to incorporate and evaluate aspects of household level and national planned adaptation within the integrated assessment model.

CSIR and Kulima launch 2nd edition of Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa

handbookThe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions have today launched the second edition of "Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa" (edited by Claire Davis-Reddy and Katharine Vincent). The handbook provides accessible and southern Africa-specific overview of evidence for climate change, projected future climates, potential impacts across sectors, and responses to reduce risk (adaptation and disaster risk reduction). The 202 page handbook serves as a comprehensive resource for climate and development practitioners, students, researchers, and policy-makers. A 28 page executive summary highlights key findings targeted at policy-makers and is available in English and Portuguese. A short video animation accompanies the handbook.

 

Kulima continues to develop research on co-production

FCFA meetingKulima Integrated Development Solutions has been developing various threads of research into co-production. As part of the UMFULA project (Future Climate for Africa programme) a co-production approach has been attempted to develop climate information to inform decisions around water allocation in Tanzania and Malawi. At last week's FCFA conference Dr Katharine Vincent co-led a session exploring opportunities and challenges of co-production, and a cross-project publication is planned to document experiences to date in UMFULA, FRACTAL and AMMA-2050. In partnership with the Met Office, Kulima is also finalising a guidance document on co-production to inform the second phase of the Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) programme.

Kulima director attending Future Climate For Africa conference in Cape Town

Cape TownDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week, participating in the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) conference. The conference will bring together representatives of the five projects under FCFA: IMPALA, AMMA-2050, Hy-CRISTAL, FRACTAL and UMFULA. On behalf of UMFULA Katharine will be facilitating a session on co-production with Anna Steynor from FRACTAL. She will also be presenting a poster "From a clean slate to multiple options: eliciting climate information in Malawi". The conference is followed by a workshop for early career researchers, in which Katharine will be leading a session on "Communicating Climate Research Findings".

Kulima director in Zambia to finalise mainstreaming of climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans

Sioma climate profileDr Katharine Vincent is in Zambia supporting district teams in mainstreaming climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans. As part of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, seven districts in Western Province, together with national and provincial planning staff from the Ministries of Local Government and National Development Planning, have been trained on the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into the planning process. Technical support has also been provided to Mongu, Limulunga, Sesheke, Mwandi, Mulobezi, Senanga and Sioma districts in mainstreaming climate resilience into their Integrated Development Plans. 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.

Kulima director in Tanzania to assess livelihoods in the Rufiji delta

aerial of riverDr Katharine Vincent is in Tanzania this week to undertake livelihoods analysis in the Rufiji delta. This is part of the Western Indian Ocean Deltas Exchange (WIODER) – a partnership of a number of organisations and programmes with interests in environmental and social sustainability of deltas within a context of climate change. Working with colleagues from the University of Southampton and the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation project, the aim of the research is to determine characteristics of delta-based livelihoods, how they link to migration, and also to test the importance of undertaking gender-sensitive research.

Kulima director in Malawi to continue UMFULA research

MalawiDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi this week, working with colleagues on the UMFULA (Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications) project. UMFULA is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with improving the use of climate information in decision-making. Team members from Kulima and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources are continuing research into the evolving institutional architecture for addressing climate change in Malawi, and the development of timelines of policies in climate-sensitive sectors. They are also commencing preparations for this year's UMFULA annual meeting, which will be held in November in Malawi, and accompanied by a number of targeted stakeholder activities.