Category Archives: Publications

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.

“Developing and applying a five step process for mainstreaming climate change into local development plans: A case study from Zambia” now available in Climate Risk Management

A new paper "Developing and applying a five step process for mainstreaming climate change into local development plans: A case study from Zambia" has just been published in the journal Climate Risk Management. The paper outlines a process for mainstreaming climate change that was developed for use in the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience districts in western Zambia and applied during several workshops in 2017 for both district development plans and integrated development plans. The process can be used when planning from scratch and also when retrofitting existing plans.

New paper on large scale transdisciplinary collaboration with inputs from Kulima

A new paper has been published in the journal Global Challenges on "Large-Scale Transdisciplinary Collaboration for Adaptation Research: Challenges and Insights". Led by Georgina Cundill from IDRC, with inputs from Katharine Vincent, the paper highlights experiences of the consortia of the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme – including Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation, on which Kulima is a partner. The paper highlights how the success of well‐designed transdisciplinary research processes is strongly influenced by relational and systemic features of collaborative relationships. In the new arena of large‐scale collaborative science efforts, enablers of transdisciplinary collaboration include dedicated project coordinators, leaders at multiple levels, and the availability of small amounts of flexible funds to enable nimble responses to opportunities and unexpected collaborations.

“Climate change adaptation and cross-sectoral policy coherence in southern Africa” just published in Regional Environmental Change

A new paper, "Climate change adaptation and cross-sectoral policy coherence in southern Africa" has just been published in Regional Environmental Change. The paper is an output of the UMFULA project, and was led by Matthew England from the University of Leeds with Kulima director, Dr Katharine Vincent, as one of the authors. Using the cases of Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, the paper investigates the extent of coherence in national policies across the water and agriculture sectors and to climate change adaptation goals outlined in national development plans. Findings show that sector policies have differing degrees of coherence on climate change adaptation, currently being strongest in Zambia and weakest in Tanzania. Sectoral policies remain more coherent in addressing immediate-term disaster management issues of floods and droughts rather than longer-term strategies for climate adaptation. Policy coherence is more likely where there are cross-ministerial structures in place, for example Zambia's Interim Climate Change Secretariat. 

“A framework for identifying and selecting long term adaptation policy directions for deltas” New paper published with inputs from Kulima

A paper "A framework for identifying and selecting long term adaptation policy directions for deltas" has just been published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. The paper was led by Natalie Suckall from the University of Southampton and comprises an author team from the Deltas, Environment and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project, including Dr Katharine Vincent. The paper presents a framework to identify options for, and trade-offs between, long term adaptation strategies in deltas. It is based on analysis of current adaptations in deltas and the creation of narratives of future policy directions. Each of the four policy directions takes into account investment costs and the extent to which policy change and political effort is required, and the trade-offs which occur within each one. The framework enables countries to select between policy directions that suit their normative goals for adaptation.

New viewpoint published on the role of sovereign insurance in disaster risk management

Climate and Development has just published a viewpoint article entited "Sovereign insurance to incentivize the shift from disaster response to adaptation to climate change – African Risk Capacity's Extreme Climate Facility". The article, led by Kulima director Dr Katharine Vincent, arose out of project between Kulima and the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance) that took place between 2015-16. The project developed criteria for evaluation of adaptation investment plans to be submitted by countries participating in a new sovereign climate insurance product under African Risk Capacity, the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF). The viewpoint argues that there is a role for leveraging private finance through insurance as part of the range of risk management strategies required to adapt to climate change.

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.