Dr Katharine Vincent is in Nairobi this week to participate in the design meeting for a new initiative – the Western Indian Ocean Deltas Exchanges and Research Network (WIODER). The project will be a partnership between a number of organisations and programmes with interests in environmental and social sustainability of deltas within a context of climate change. These include IDRC, Institut de Recherche pour le Developpment, UNESCO-IHE, and a variety of African universities and research institutions. The project is particularly intended to build on lessons learned and test transferability from existing projects in which the partnering institutions are involved – including Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA).
Kulima director in Nairobi for design meeting of the Western Indian Ocean Deltas Exchanges and Research Network
A paper entitled "Mainstreaming conservation agriculture in Malawi: Knowledge gaps and institutional barriers" is now available online in the Journal of Environmental Management. The paper highlights the ways in which conservation agriculture discourses play out at different levels of governance. It looks at the roles of different actors from both the government and non-government spheres, and how they affected the practice of conservation agriculture and the implications for sustainable land management. Dr Katharine Vincent is a co-author on the paper, which is is led by Professor Andy Dougill and colleagues at the University of Leeds, with Dr David Mkwambisi from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
New paper on the Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services Advisory Board with inputs from Kulima
A paper on the role of the Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services Advisory Board (VIACS AB v1.0) and its contribution to CMIP6 has been published in Geoscientific Model Development. CMIP6 is the mechanism for comparing global climate models. The VIACS advisory board represents the researchers who use climate information as one input to analyse vulnerability, impacts and adaptation. The aim is to inform the CMIP6 impact model outputs by highlighting priority variables. Dr Katharine Vincent is a member of the VIACS Advisory Board and a co-author on the paper.
The Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project has released a new working paper, co-authored by Dr Katharine Vincent, entitled "A framework for the design and evaluation of adaptation pathways in large river deltas". DECCMA aims to identify gender-sensitive adaptation options that are appropriate for the 500 million people globally that live in large deltas. The paper outlines a number of potential adaptation pathways – based on different political development aspirations – and suitable criteria against which to measure the success of those pathways in enabling adaptation. This framework will inform DECCMA's system dynamics model that will be used to simulate future environmental change, migration patterns, and adaptation options in deltas in the context of a changing climate.
Dr Katharine Vincent is in India 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, 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 will bring together all consortium partners to assess progress and share information on emerging findings, as well as offer targeted training for next steps.
Dr Katharine Vincent is in Blantyre and Lilongwe this week to undertake research for UMFULA. 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. UMFULA is working with partners in the public and private sectors in Malawi and Tanzania to determine how climate information can inform planning in the agriculture and water sectors at a variety of levels. The purpose of the visit is to undertake institutional and capacity assessment, and to investigate the political economy of decision-making contexts.
The Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions have published a blog on communities of practice. The project "Integrated Climate Change Modelling and Policy Linkages for Adaptive Planning" looked at certain projects within the IDRC-funded Climate Change and Water programme. As part of the aim to bridge the knowledge gap between scientists and policy-makers and planners, the blog investigates the circumstances under which communities of practice arise and, in particular, how donors might be able to support their development.
Dr Katharine Vincent is currently in Addis Ababa to participate in a workshop under the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) programme. One of the core aims of CARIAA is to promote uptake of adaptation research by stakeholders in policy and practice, and so it is essential to monitor and evaluate the progress towards this. DECCMA and the three other projects within CARIAA are meeting, under the leadership of Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR). The purpose is to develop a methodology to identify, understand, describe and document the change that is resulting from CARIAA research, capacity building and stakeholder engagement activities. The specific focus is on "stories of change" and how to build an innovative and participatory element into identifying, tracking and documenting stories of change on adaptation within the CARIAA projects.
Kulima has been working with WWF to prepare survey instrument suitable for use by non-experts to investigate responses to changes in weather and climate in African countries, and how these responses are affecting ecosystems. The survey instrument comprises closed and open-ended questions and will be used by the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) in three protected areas in Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Additionally it will be used by WWF in ClimateCrowd-a crowd-sourcing initiative to collect and archive data on weather and climate responses with the aim of informing development and conservation planning initiatives.