Monthly Archives: October 2015

Kulima is part of the DFID-NERC Future Climate for Africa programme

FCFAKulima Integrated Development Solutions is proud to announce their participation in the new DFID-NERC Future Climate for Africa programme. They will be co-leading the third pillar of the project "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA, or river in Zulu). UMFULA is a climate services project that will provide new insights and more reliable information about climate processes and extremes in central and southern Africa; and then use this information in partnership with decision-makers in Malawi and Tanzania to inform development decisions with long-term consequences. The project is led by the Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and Environment, with the Universities of Leeds, ManchesterOxford and Sussex in the UK, Universities of Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi, Sokoine University of Agriculture and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and a variety of meteorological agencies from across the region. 

Kulima director in Malawi to assess political economy of decision-making

aerial LilongweDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi this week to assess the political economy of decision-making. This forms one component of a broader study that is investigating the potential to develop national resilience in Malawi, and is being led by LTS International. The other components are considering medium term growth plans, alternative energy, the economics of adaptation, agricultural growth, and social protection.

Kulima director in Panama to co-facilitate workshop on improved science-policy communication

Panama workshopDr Katharine Vincent is in Panama City this week to co-facilitate a workshop on improved science-policy communication. The workshop is the second one to take place under the IDRC-funded project "Integrated Climate Change Modelling and Policy Linkages for Adaptive Planning", implemented by the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape TownThe aim of this project is to bridge the knowledge gap between scientists who predict climate and hydrological futures, and policy-makers and planners who need to use this information. The first workshop was technically-oriented, whilst this one brings together water and climate scientists and policy-makers from a variety of Asian and Central and South American countries under the theme "Advancing the application of climate and hydrological information and its translation into policy". The aim is to enhance learning pathways for integrating climate information (current trends and future projections) into water resources management.