Monthly Archives: September 2011

Kulima organises Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance Regional Conference

Kulima has organised the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA) Regional Conference, taking place in Nairobi from 26-28th September.  ACCRA is an ambitious consortium (Oxfam, Care, World Vision, Save the Children and ODI) working to improve global understanding of adaptive capacity and promote disaster risk reduction, social protection and climate change adaptation in Ethiopia, Uganda and Mozambique.  The conference will bring together over 60 policymakers, civil society representatives and other key actors, including Uganda’s Ministers for Disaster Preparedness, Environment and Local Government and high level government representatives from Ethiopia and Mozambique, to identify common solutions to the challenges posed by climate change.

Kulima findings from climate information project presented at 14th Meeting of the CLIVAR Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction

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A presentation on “CLIVAR Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction with the World Meteorological Organisation: The case of Regional Climate Outlook Fora” was made by Dr Willem Landman and Dr Alec Joubert at the 14th meeting of the CLIVAR Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction, held from 12-14th September in Trieste, Italy.  The presentation included recommendations arising out of the recent SARCOF-15 in Windhoek, Namibia, from a session facilitated by Dr Alec Joubert as part of the USAID-funded CSIR-Kulima-UCT project on building capacity among planners in the SADC region to use climate information in their decision-making.

Kulima begins supporting humanitarian organisations to use climate information in their programming

The SADC Climate Risk Capacity Building project, funded by USAID and implemented by CSIR, Kulima and the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town, has recently been extended for a further 3 years.  As part of this project, Kulima will be working with a variety of humanitarian organisations in order to facilitate their use of climate information in decision-making.  RIACSO is a forum of UN agencies and NGOs, headed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which supports SADC in emergency preparedness and response.  As they gear up for contingency planning for the 2011-12 summer season, Kulima has communicated the essence of a range of seasonal forecasts (from SARCOF, IRI and CSIR) and is currently facilitating a process of assessing potential risks and vulnerabilities, using this information.