Category Archives: Publications

Kulima investigating the development of Malawi’s National Resilience Strategy

Katharine Vincent, Diana Mataya and Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema are working with colleagues from the University of Leeds and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources to investigate the development of Malawi's National Resilience Strategy. The UMFULA project is looking at how decisions are made in order to identify how climate information may be used in the development of climate-resilient plans. The National Resilience Strategy in Malawi is a high level initiative that aims to bring together disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and social protection to reduce the negative impacts of extreme events, such as droughts and floods. A forthcoming paper will assess the political economy of the strategy, and the ways in which it can bring together disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

New paper on climate change and the water-energy-food nexus in Tanzania

paperThe journal Climate Policy has now published online a paper "Climate change and the water–energy–food nexus: insights from policy and practice in Tanzania". The paper, led by Joanna Pardoe from the London School of Economics and Political Science, with Declan Conway, Emilinah Namaganda, Katharine Vincent, Andy Dougill and Japhet Kashaigili, is an output of the Future Climate For Africa UMFULA project. The paper investigates how climate change is addressed in policy, how it is being mainstreamed into water, energy and agriculture sector policies, and the extent to which cross-sectoral links enable coordinated action. Whilst the agricultural and water sectors are increasingly integrating climate change, practical coordination remains relatively unsuccessful. Addressing the institutional barriers to coordination is important for coherent climate-resilient and sustainable development.

 

UMFULA publishes a variety of outputs relating to climate information

understanding model outputsAt its annual meeting and stakeholder events last week in Malawi, UMFULA published a number of outputs relating to climate information. Climate briefs were presented for both Malawi and Tanzania, in which future climate projections are highlighted, based on 34 global climate models used by the IPCC (CMIP-5). As well as the main brief, there is also a 2 page summary for policy-makers, and an annex for more technical readers. In addition a guide was published on "How to understand and interpret global climate model results". This accompanies an earlier guide on "Climate models: what they show us and how they can be used in planning". There is also "Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa", which was launched by CSIR and Kulima in October.

CSIR and Kulima launch 2nd edition of Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa

handbookThe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions have today launched the second edition of "Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa" (edited by Claire Davis-Reddy and Katharine Vincent). The handbook provides accessible and southern Africa-specific overview of evidence for climate change, projected future climates, potential impacts across sectors, and responses to reduce risk (adaptation and disaster risk reduction). The 202 page handbook serves as a comprehensive resource for climate and development practitioners, students, researchers, and policy-makers. A 28 page executive summary highlights key findings targeted at policy-makers and is available in English and Portuguese. A short video animation accompanies the handbook.

 

Kulima paper on gender implications of the Paris Agreement to be presented in Marrakech

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Kulima has written an analysis paper and related briefing note on the gender implications of the Paris Agreement. The paper outlines how inclusion of gender issues has evolved through the UNFCCC international policy process, and then highlights “missed opportunities” for gender inclusion within the language of the major articles of the Paris Agreement text, and their implications. The paper has been produced for the African Working Group on Gender and Climate Change, with the support of IDRC. It was requested by the Women and Gender Programme on Climate Change, which falls under the auspices of the Committee of African Heads of State and Governments on Climate Change (CAHOSCC). The paper will form part of a presentation at a side event at COP 22 on 9th November, and subsequently to develop a strategic framework for action.

New paper on mainstreaming conservation agriculture in Malawi with inputs from Kulima

CA in MadagascarA paper entitled "Mainstreaming conservation agriculture in Malawi: Knowledge gaps and institutional barriers" is now available online in the Journal of Environmental Management. The paper highlights the ways in which conservation agriculture discourses play out at different levels of governance. It looks at the roles of different actors from both the government and non-government spheres, and how they affected the practice of conservation agriculture and the implications for sustainable land management. Dr Katharine Vincent is a co-author on the paper, which is is led by Professor Andy Dougill and colleagues at the University of Leeds, with Dr David Mkwambisi from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

New paper on the Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services Advisory Board with inputs from Kulima

VIACS paper

A paper on the role of the Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services Advisory Board (VIACS AB v1.0) and its contribution to CMIP6 has been published in Geoscientific Model Development. CMIP6 is the mechanism for comparing global climate models. The VIACS advisory board represents the researchers who use climate information as one input to analyse vulnerability, impacts and adaptation. The aim is to inform the CMIP6 impact model outputs by highlighting priority variables. Dr Katharine Vincent is a member of the VIACS Advisory Board and a co-author on the paper.  

New DECCMA publication on evaluating adaptation pathways with inputs from Kulima

delta lifeThe Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project has released a new working paper, co-authored by Dr Katharine Vincent, entitled "A framework for the design and evaluation of adaptation pathways in large river deltas". DECCMA aims to identify gender-sensitive adaptation options that are appropriate for the 500 million people globally that live in large deltas. The paper outlines a number of potential adaptation pathways – based on different political development aspirations – and suitable criteria against which to measure the success of those pathways in enabling adaptation. This framework will inform DECCMA's system dynamics model that will be used to simulate future environmental change, migration patterns, and adaptation options in deltas in the context of a changing climate.  

 

 

 

IFPRI and Kulima publish project note on seasonal forecasts in South Africa

IFPRI SAHEWS project noteThe International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions have released a project note on "Improving effective use of seasonal forecasts in South Africa". This is an output of the "Southern Africa Hydro-Economy and Water Security" project, funded by the Belmont Forum's International Opportunities Fund. Together with partners from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the University of East Anglia's Water Security Research CentreSouth Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and UEA's Climatic Research Unit, the note outlines ways of improving effectiveness of seasonal forecasts based on primary research with stakeholders in the water, agriculture and disaster preparedness and response sectors in South Africa. 

DECCMA publishes review of adaptation finance initiatives by Kulima

DECCMA deltaDECCMA has published a scoping report of adaptation finance initiatives in Bangladesh, Ghana and India, authored by Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull. DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) is one of four projects under the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme. A key component of the research is to investigate successful adaptation options in deltas. One of DECCMA's goals is to then support countries to develop proposals to international adaptation finance sources to further enable successful adaptation within the context of stated policies.