Monthly Archives: May 2012

Kulima meets with CDKN on new project: climate change, health, disasters and agriculture in Mozambique

Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have just returned from Cape Town, where they met with CDKN at the start of a new project on climate change, health, disasters and agriculture in Mozambique.  CDKN is funding the project at the request of the Government of Mozambique, who are keen to fill the data gap in research around how climate change will intersect with health status to create vulnerability to disasters in agricultural communities.  The project will run from June until December, and is being implemented in conjunction with colleagues at the CSIR and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo.

Kulima and CSIR plan training in use of weather and climate information for decision-making in the SADC region

Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull met this week with colleagues from CSIR as part of the USAID-funded project on Climate Risk and Vulnerability in Southern Africa.  The project, implemented by Kulima and CSIR, aims to build the capacity of decision-makers across the SADC region to use weather and climate information in their decision-making.  Needs assessment visits have now been undertaken in Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and the purpose of the meeting was to plan the structure of each customised training course, all of which are due to take place in September and October 2011.  The training courses will draw on the innovative downscaled climate change projections for the SADC region outlined in Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa (also produced as part of the project).

Adaptation Partnership publishes summary of Kulima-organised Western Indian Ocean Climate Change Workshop for Coastal and Marine Protected Areas

The Adaptation Partnership has released a summary report of the Western Indian Ocean Climate Change Workshop for Coastal and Marine Protected Areas.  The workshop, organised by Ms Tracy Cull, and convened by the United States Agency for International Development and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the auspices of the Adaptation Partnership, brought together participants from nine Western Indian Ocean (WIO) countries and the United States in February in Cape Town to identify climate change capacity building needs for coastal and marine protected areas in the WIO region.  Presentations from the meeting are available on the Adaptation Partnership website.

Kulima contributes to PROVIA guidance on vulnerability, impact and adaptation assessment

Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have been part of the international team of scientific experts assembled to review the guidance on vulnerability, impact and adaptation assessments. The task comprises one of four work streams of PROVIA – Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation. The revised guidelines, which will be published in December 2012, will serve as a much needed update of earlier IPCC Guidelines, UNEP Handbook (1994 and 1996 respectively) and other publications. The first draft has gone out for international expert review and comments are sought from interested parties by 30th June 2012.