Category Archives: Projects

Kulima director in Kathmandu for the 5th Climate Change Adaptation Policy and Science conference

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Kathmandu this week at the 5th Climate Change Adaptation Policy and Science (CCAPS) conference, taking place at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The conference marks a final event for the Himalayan Adaptation, Resilience and Water (HiAWARE) project. The first day has the theme "Gendered vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalaya" and will include a panel discussion "Gendered vulnerabilities in a changing climate: reflections and learning", with representatives of other projects in the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). The session will build on similar discussions held during Adaptation Futures 2018 in June in Cape Town. Katharine will represent the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project in the panel discussion.

Kulima director in Southampton to work with the DECCMA team

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Southampton this week to work with the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) team. The aims of the visit are to assess and synthesis DECCMA findings on adaptation needs and practice in deltas. With the project drawing to a close in November, there are results from qualitative and quantitative research in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna, Indian Bengal, Mahanadi and Volta deltas. The intention is that these can inform a research agenda on adaptation, methodological approaches to adaptation, and elaborate what sustainable adaptation looks like in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals, Sendai Framework, and Paris Agreement.

New paper “Communities of practice. One size does not fit all” in Climate Services

A new paper "Communities of practice. One size does not fit all" is now available online in the journal Climate Services. The paper, by Katharine Vincent, Anna Steynor, Katinka Waagsaether and Tracy Cull, furthers the argument for a nuanced understanding of communities of practice (COPs) that recognises the intradisciplinary and transdisciplinary variants. For successful climate services that enable adaptation to climate change, transdisciplinary COPs are typically required that bring together producers and users. This paper reflects on the role that donor-funded projects can play in supporting the effective generation of sustainable COPs. 

New briefing paper “Policy coherence for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa” with inputs from Kulima

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (at the London School of Economics and Political Science) and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy has just released a briefing note "Policy coherence for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa". The briefing note, written by Patrick Curran, Andy Dougill, Joanna Pardoe and Katharine Vincent, is based on a number of research papers produced under the Future Climate For Africa UMFULA project, which have looked at policy coherence in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. It highlights how sub-optimal levels of coherence of policies and strategies relating to climate change (water, energy and food) could threaten the achievement of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals.

New paper with inputs from Kulima “Documenting the state of adaptation for the global stocktake of the Paris Agreement”

A new opinion piece "Documenting the state of adaptation for the global stocktake of the Paris Agreement" has been published in WIREs Climate Change. The paper, by Emma Tompkins, Katharine Vincent, Robert Nicholls and Natalie Suckall, proposes a stocktaking approach to document the spectrum and prevalence of adaptation over large scales, as mandated by the global stocktake of the Paris Agreement. The stocktaking approach is based on a method used to develop inventories of adaptation in four deltas within the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project. It involves four steps: (a) obtaining consensus on the objectives of adaptation; (b) agreeing the sources of evidence; (c) agreeing the search method; and (d) categorizing the adaptations.

New UMFULA paper released “Climate information needs in southern Africa: A review”

The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the Grantham Research Institute of Climate Change and the Environment and the University of Leeds has released a new working paper as an output of the UMFULA project. Dr Katharine Vincent is an author of the working paper, entitled "Climate information needs in southern Africa. A review". The paper reviews the state of the landscape of available climate information, barriers to climate information use, and the climate information needs of different sectors in southern Africa. It draws on published literature, documentary evidence and primary research with decision makers in the Southern African Development Community.

Kulima director in Kisumu for meeting of the GCRF project “Building research capacity for sustainable water and food security in sub-Saharan Africa”

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Kisumu in Kenya this week to participate in the a meeting of the "Building research capacity for sustainable water and food security in sub-Saharan Africa" (BRECcIA) project. BRECcIA is a four year project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and led by the University of Southampton. It aims to develop research capacity across institutions in Malawi, Kenya and Ghana that is self-sustaining and focused on improving food and water security for the poorest of society. Katharine is a member of the strategic advisory board for the project.

New report on six good practices of agricultural adaptation in Africa by Kulima and UNIQUE forestry and landuse for GIZ

GIZ have launched a report "Agricultural adaptation: Six categories of good practices and technologies in Africa" that was led by Kulima and UNIQUE forestry and landuse. The report was produced as part of GIZ support to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Over a two year preiod primary research was undertaken to document observed adaptations in various farming systems in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Togo and Zambia, as well as in South Africa. Six continent-wide good practices were then determined based on a transparent evaluation framework for good practices in agricultual adaptation, developed in early 2015.

Kulima director attending Adaptation Pathways meeting in Cape Town

Dr Katharine Vincent is attending an adaptation pathways meeting in Cape Town today. The meeting is part of the cross-consortium project under the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme that includes representatives from the four CARIAA projects – DECCMA, ASSAR, PRISE and HI AWARE. The meeting will provide space to reflect on each consortium's different approaches to adaptation pathways, and enable preparation for the special session organised by the project at Adaptation Futures 2018 on Wednesday 20th June on "Evidence-based guiding principles for developing adaptation pathways in the context of development".

Kulima director participated in gender and migration field school for the Western Indian Ocean Deltas Exchange and Research (WIoDER) network

In late May Dr Katharine Vincent participated in a gender and migration field school under the Western Indian Ocean Delta Exchange and Research (WIoDER) network. WIoDER is a network comprising four deltas in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagacar and has training of postgraduate students as a core aim. The gender and migration field school brought together Masters and PhD students from Kenya, Madagascar and Tanzania and provided classroom and field-based training in gender-sensitive participatory rural appraisal methods in the Rufiji delta, Tanzania. It formed part of a series of 5 thematic field schools, on livelihoods, biodiversity, mangroves and hydrology.