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Kulima director participating in Africa’s first Wikipedia edit-a-thon on climate change

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week to participate in Africa's first Wikipedia edit-a-thon on climate change. Hosted by CDKN and Future Climate For Africa, the event will bring together researchers from across the African continent who have been involved in a number of major research programmes so that they can update and create new pages to reflect their findings. With an average of 16 billion page views a month, Wikipedia is a common port-of-call for laypeople, and thus using the platform to communicate research findings can improve impact and also help to ensure quality and robustness of information. As she is involved in two major Africa-focused research programmes, Future Climate For Africa and Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, Katharine's role will be to synthesise findings from across the participants into some of the broader thematic topics.

Kulima participating in workshop on evolving regional climate information for decision-making

Dr Katharine Vincent is joining UMFULA PI Professor Declan Conway this week at a workshop in the UK to discuss advancing the development of regional climate information for decision-making. The workshop is convened by the Universities of Cape Town and Reading, together with the Walker Institute and DFID. The small group of particpants will seek to frame new research approaches that address the physical science and societal application in order to help inform
DFID and other relevant agency planning. Katharine and Declan will share insights and experiences based on UMFULA's work in improving the use of medium-term climate information in planning an decision-making in Malawi and Tanzania.

Kulima director participating in meeting on measuring adaptation

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Bonn for a side meeting to the UNFCCC intersessional discussions on measuring progress on adaptation. The event is organised by IDRC and the African Group of Negotiators Expert Support (AGNES) and follows on from a side event at COP 23 held on the same theme, and co-convened by IDRC and AGNES with McGill University, University of Notre Dam du Lac and the Asian Institute of Technology. The aim of the meeting to take stock of the various initiatives for measuring progress on adaptation, and identify particular needs, taking into account the ongoing negotiations on the Paris Agreement and how to transparently measure adaptation progress. Other organisations represented at the meeting include the Global Centre of Excellent on Climate Adaptation, UNEP DTU, UN Environment, UN Climate Change, CCAFS, GIZIIED and the governments of Kenya, Uganda, Botswana and Ghana. 

  

Kulima director invited to take part in ASSAR project MOOC planning workshop

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week, participating in a workshop hosted by a project in the CARIAA programme, Adaptation to Climate Change in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASSAR). As a legacy of its learnings on ensuring research impact and research informing policy and practice, ASSAR Researh-into-Use partner, Oxfam, is leading the development of a Massive Open Online Course. Katharine will share insights from the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project.  

Taking stock and looking forward: UMFULA’s annual meeting and stakeholder events in Malawi


Taking stock and looking forward by Kulima on Exposure

Kulima continues to develop research on co-production

FCFA meetingKulima Integrated Development Solutions has been developing various threads of research into co-production. As part of the UMFULA project (Future Climate for Africa programme) a co-production approach has been attempted to develop climate information to inform decisions around water allocation in Tanzania and Malawi. At last week's FCFA conference Dr Katharine Vincent co-led a session exploring opportunities and challenges of co-production, and a cross-project publication is planned to document experiences to date in UMFULA, FRACTAL and AMMA-2050. In partnership with the Met Office, Kulima is also finalising a guidance document on co-production to inform the second phase of the Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) programme.

Kulima director participating in workshop on climate information for development

Cape TownDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week for a workshop on communication, interpretation and use of climate information for development led by Professors Suraje Dessai (University of Leeds) and Coleen Vogel (University of the Witwatersrand). Katharine will act as a mentor alongside Drs Joe Daron, Admire Nyamwanza and Rachel James. The workshop brings together early career researchers from the UK and South Africa under the British Council Researcher Links programme, which aims to enable interaction, shared opportunities for learning, and the building of research links for future collaboration.

Kulima director attending International Conference on Climate Services in Cape Town

ICCS5 posterDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week attending the International Conference on Climate Services. She will be presenting a poster in the session on "what can we learn from all the co-experiences"? The poster, entitled "From a clean slate to multiple options-eliciting user needs for climate information in Malawi" is a reflection on the methodological evolution employed within the UMFULA project with agricultural planners in both the public and private sectors. 

Kulima director participating in Future Earth Water-Energy-Food cluster project dialogue

sugar farmingDr Katharine Vincent is in Johannesburg this week to participate in a policy dialogue as part of the Future Earth Water-Energy-Food cluster project, hosted by the Water Research Commission and the University of KwaZulu Natal. The dialogue aims to review how the nexus approach applies to different sectors in southern Africa and, in particular, to determine the role of the nexus approach to support implementation of regional activities and the Sustainable Development Goals. It also aims to identify trade-offs and policy gaps to suggest future issues related to the W-E-F nexus in Africa. The policy dialogue follows on from a technical workshop which will critically assess evidence and both information and capacity building needs for the W-E-F nexus.