Monthly Archives: April 2014

Kulima director in Zambia to support development of forest adaptation project

afromontane forestDr Katharine Vincent continues her trip in Zambia this week by working to support the development of a project concept note for submission to the Least Developed Countries Fund.  Zambia is participating in the development of a regional programme on forests, rangelands and climate change adaptation, first conceived of at a regional workshop hosted by FAO and SADC in Johannesburg in June 2013.  The programme includes aspects of policy and strategy harmonisation; the establishment of comparable information and data management systems and vulnerability assessments; transfer of adaptation technology to support forest protection and regeneration; and enabling climate-resilient livelihoods for forest-dependent populations.

Kulima director in Zambia to assess agricultural adaptation

vegetablesDr Katharine Vincent has been in Zambia this past week to visit sorghum farmers in the drought-prone Chirundi district of Southern province and see how they are responding to climate change. Agricultural adaptations are being assessed in six countries across Africa as part of a project managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry that seeks to identify agricultural adaptation best practices on behalf of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme.  Differerent farming systems and commodity types were selected for further investigation at a workshop in 2013.  Fieldwork in all six countries is taking place in 2014, with results anticipated in early 2015.  

Kulima director publishes blog on IPCC for CDKN

Katharine Vincent at ACDI eventFollowing participation in a panel discussion at the African Climate and Development Initiative of lead authors after the release of the contribution of Working Group 2 (on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation) to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report, Dr Katharine Vincent wrote a blog which was published on CDKN's website.  Titled "Communicate both the IPCC findings and the process", in it she argues not only for improved communication of the findings and their implications for policy and practice, but also for critical discussions on the purpose, history and institutional structure of the IPCC, as well as the process for creating the assessment reports.  Since its release the WG2 Summary for Policymakers has been downloaded over 200,000 times.  Yesterday WG3 released its report on mitigation options.  The synthesis report, covering all three working groups, will be available in October 2014.