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Happy holidays from Kulima Integrated Development Solutions

 

Katharine Vincent and Kulima associates would like to wish all their partners and colleagues Happy Holidays. The office of Kulima Integrated Development Solutions will remain open over the festive season, with the exception of public holidays. We look forward to working with you again in 2018.

Happy Holidays from Kulima Integrated Development Solutions

Seasons greetingsDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull would like to wish all their partners and colleagues Happy Holidays. The office of Kulima Integrated Development Solutions will remain open over the festive season, with the exception of public holidays. We look forward to working with you again in 2016.

Kulima analyses utility of seasonal forecasts in southern Africa

Midmar dam-aerialDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are finalising a project which has assessed the application of seasonal forecasts in southern Africa. The "Southern Africa's Hydro-Economy and Water Security" project is funded by the Belmont Forum's International Opportunities Fund. Together with partners from the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the University of East Anglia's Water Security Research Centre, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and UEA's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) they have analysed the nature of various seasonal forecasts for the 2014-15 season, and carried out interviews with stakeholders in the water, agriculture and land use, energy and humanitarian sectors regarding their accessibility and utility.

 

Kulima director in Southampton with the DECCMA northern team

Ganges deltaDr Katharine Vincent is at the University of Southampton this week to work with colleagues in the northern team of the DECCMA project. DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration as an Adaptation 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; the Mahanadi; and the Volta. Kulima's involvement is to ensure gender is integrated throughout the project (from proposal development to analysis). The meeting will focus on activities for the upcoming whole consortium meeting in Ghana.

Photo: NASA

Happy Holidays from Kulima Integrated Development Solutions

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Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull would like to wish all their partners and colleagues Happy Holidays. The office of Kulima Integrated Development Solutions will remain open over the festive season, with the exception of public holidays. We look forward to working with you again in 2015.

 

Happy Holidays from Kulima Integrated Development Solutions

Happy HolidaysDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull would like to wish all their partners and colleagues Happy Holidays. The office of Kulima Integrated Development Solutions will remain open over the festive season, with the exception of public holidays. We look forward to working with your again in 2014.

Postdoctoral Fellowships and PhD/Masters Bursaries in African Climate Change at the University of Cape Town

vulnerability index aA number of post-doctoral fellowships and post-graduate research bursaries in climate change are available at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Climate change is a cross-university strategic priority area, with expertise situated over twenty departments and research centres, and coordinated by the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI – www.acdi.uct.ac.za). Areas of particular strength at UCT include (i) physical climate science, (ii) vulnerability, impacts and adaptation, and (iii) mitigation. The Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG – www.csag.uct.ac.za) is the lead centre at UCT for physical atmospheric climate science, climate scenarios and climate services. The Energy Research Centre (ERC – www.erc.uct.ac.za) is a multi-disciplinary centre, housed in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, which focuses on Energy Efficiency, Energy & Climate Change, and Energy Poverty & Development. Other centres and departments working on climate change can found listed at www.acdi.uct.ac.za.

Specific topics for these fellowships and bursaries are listed below.

1.     Regional Climate Change and Variability in Africa

2.     Climate Services/Information for Climate Adaptation, Risk Management and Policy

3.     Climate Change Adaptation, with a focus on ecosystem-based and community-based adaptation approaches

4.     Emerging Climate Risk, Thresholds and Agriculture in Africa

5.     Climate Change and Bio-Economy

To apply please follow instructions in the further particulars, which can be found at:

http://acdi.uct.ac.za/2013/01/scholarships-2013/

Happy Holidays from Kulima Integrated Development Solutions

Happy HolidaysDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull would like to wish all their partners and colleagues Happy Holidays.  The office of Kulima Integrated Development Solutions will remain open over the festive season, with the exception of public holidays.  We look forward to working with you again in 2013.

2nd Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation announces Call for Papers

The Second Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation: “Adaptation Research Meets Adaptation Decision-Making” will be held in Helsinki, Finland on 29-31 August 2012. The Call for Abstracts (deadline Friday 30 March 2012) and Registration details can be found at the Conference website.

The Conference seeks to identify common ground between adaptation research and adaptation decision-making by comparing experiences, reporting new insights and revealing key gaps in knowledge. Some of the other questions being asked include:
  • Many countries have developed climate change adaptation strategies, but do decision-makers really have the appropriate information, expertise and tools available to them to implement adaptation decisions?
  • What adaptation research is underway and where is information currently lacking?
  • Is it more sensible to wait and see what happens, or to implement adaptation measures right away?
  • How should adaptation policies be targeted – where are they needed most and who should be responsible for implementing them?
  • Do the adaptation decisions of today need to be effective in 30 years time? In 100 years time?
  • What is the cost of climate change to the environment and society, how do we measure that cost and who foots the bill?

START issues its 2012 call for grant awards: global environmental change, agriculture and food security

START, the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training, has just announced the 2012 Call for Proposals (CFP) for Global Environmental Change (GEC) Research in Africa on the theme of global environmental change, agriculture and food security.  The 2012 round of GEC grants will build directly on the 2011 Africa GEC grants (http://start.org/programs/africangec) that focused on how climatic and environmental changes potentially impact ecosystem services critical to agriculture and food and livelihood security in arid, semi-arid, sub-humid, and humid environments as well as for communities dependent on coastal marine systems.

The deadline for submission of proposals is midnight (2400 hours), US Eastern Standard Time, on 28 March 2012 and all submissions should be submitted electronically to proposals@start.org (DOWNLOAD THE 2012 APPLICATION FORM HERE).  Kulima is particularly excited to see the criteria that successful proposals will contain a communications and outreach strategy.