Category Archives: Projects

Kulima director in Tanzania to assess livelihoods in the Rufiji delta

aerial of riverDr Katharine Vincent is in Tanzania this week to undertake livelihoods analysis in the Rufiji delta. This is part of the Western Indian Ocean Deltas Exchange (WIODER) – a partnership of a number of organisations and programmes with interests in environmental and social sustainability of deltas within a context of climate change. Working with colleagues from the University of Southampton and the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation project, the aim of the research is to determine characteristics of delta-based livelihoods, how they link to migration, and also to test the importance of undertaking gender-sensitive research.

Kulima director in Malawi to continue UMFULA research

MalawiDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi this week, working with colleagues on the UMFULA (Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications) project. UMFULA is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with improving the use of climate information in decision-making. Team members from Kulima and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources are continuing research into the evolving institutional architecture for addressing climate change in Malawi, and the development of timelines of policies in climate-sensitive sectors. They are also commencing preparations for this year's UMFULA annual meeting, which will be held in November in Malawi, and accompanied by a number of targeted stakeholder activities.

Kulima director participating in DECCMA whole consortium meeting in Accra

Keta sea wallDr Katharine Vincent is in Accra this week to participate in the whole consortium meeting of the DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project. DECCMA is one project within the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme. It focuses on the extent to which, and circumstances under which, migration is, and may be, used as an adaptation in three deltas: the Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra and the Indian Bengal delta, the Mahanadi, and the Volta. Kulima's involvement is to ensure gender is integrated throughout the project, and to play a role in ensuring that research findings are effectively communicated beyond an academic audience. The meeting will bring together all consortium partners to assess progress and share information on emerging findings, and plan for the publication of data analysis to date. Ghana's Minister for Environment, Science and Technology will open the meeting

Kulima director in Zambia to train on mainstreaming climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans

training workshop in MonguDr Katharine Vincent is in Mongu in Zambia this week to run a training course on mainstreaming climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans. Integrated Development Plans are spatial planning documents lasting 10 years which are developed by all districts. As part of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience seven districts in Western Province, together with national and provincial planning staff from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing and the Ministry of Development Planning, are being trained on the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into the planning process. This follows on from earlier workshops to mainstream climate resilience into District and Ward Development Plans, and training on the process of Gender-sensitive Climate Risk Assessment.

DECCMA publishes new working paper on observed adaptations in deltas with input from Kulima

D6.1.1A review of observed adaptations in deltas has been published by the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) Adaptation team, which includes Dr Katharine Vincent. From a review of peer-reviewed literature the team found 122 documented adaptations: 93 from the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna; 15 from the Volta in Ghana, and 14 from the Mahanadi in India. The bulk of the adaptations are agriculture- and water-related. DECCMA is currently conducting a survey of 6000 households in the three deltas which will add to the evidence on adaptations.

Kulima director in Kathmandu for CARIAA Annual Learning Review

DECCMA stand at ALR 2016Dr Katharine Vincent is in Kathmandu this week to participate in the 2017 Annual Learning Review for the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme. The meeting brings together researchers from the four CARIAA programmes that are investigating adaptation in different hotspots: HI-AWARE (snowpack river basins), ASSAR (semi-arid regions), PRISE (semi-arid economies) and DECCMA (deltas). The purpose is to discuss emerging findings and highlight opportunities to inform adaptation policy and practice. Katharine will also participate in a pre-meeting with her Research-into-Use counterparts to ensure cross-project learning and maximise impact throughout the remainder of the programme.

Kulima director running climate resilience mainstreaming workshops in Zambia

mainstreaming workshopDr Katharine Vincent is in Zambia at the moment to run a series of climate resilience mainstreaming workshops. 14 districts in the Western and Southern provinces, forming part of the Barotse sub-basin of the Zambezi river, are mainstreaming their District and Ward Development Plans for climate resilience. Once this is complete, they will be able to apply for adaptation grants from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience to support implementation of their activities. Demonstration workshops have been run for Kaoma, Nalolo and Sioma districts; and Simakumba, Muoyo and Mbeta wards.

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 DECCMA whole consortium meeting in Southampton

DECCMA meetingDr Katharine Vincent is in Southampton this week to participate in the whole consortium meeting of the DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project. DECCMA is one project within the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme.  It focuses on the extent to which, and circumstances under which, migration is, and may be, used as an adaptation in three deltas: the Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra and Indian Bengal delta, the Mahanadi, and the Volta. Kulima's involvement is to ensure gender is integrated throughout the project, and to play a role in ensuring that research findings are effectively communicated beyond an academic audience. The meeting with bring together all consortium partners to assess progress and share information on emerging findings, and plan for the publication of data analysis to date.

 

Kulima director in Zambia to start process of mainstreaming development plans

groupworkDr Katharine Vincent is in Lusaka this week to work with the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience in the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into development plans. In 2015, working with a local consultant, she trained Climate Resilience and Adaptation Facilitators in the process of undertaking gender-sensitive climate risk assessments in communities. This assignment looks to create a supportive institutional and planning framework for climate resilience. Guidelines for mainstreaming climate resilience into development plans will be produced, and the process of mainstreaming selected District Development Plans and Integrated Development Plans in the Barotse floodplain will be undertaken in 2017.