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Kulima participating at Adaptation Futures 2018 in Cape Town

Kulima will be participating in several sessions at Adaptation Futures 2018 in Cape Town this week.

On Tuesday 19th June, Dr Katharine Vincent will be a panellist during S55 "What do the intersections between resilience and wellbeing offer development practice?" in parallel session 3 from 1130-1315 (room 2.61); and then will present a paper on "A framework for measuring adaptation to climate change" in S310 on "M&E: frameworks and case studies" in parallel session 5 from 1630-1815 (room 2.64). During the same parallel, Dorothy Tembo Nhlema A337 will present a paper "Participatory Scenario Planning for Creating Useful and Use-able Weather and Climate Information: A Case Study from Malawi" in S124 "Using and evaluating participatory scenario tools for adaptation" (room 2.41).

On Tuesday 19th June, Diana Chanika Mataya will present a poster "How can we effectively build capacity to adapt to climate change?"

On Wednesday 20th June, Dr Katharine Vincent will present three papers. The first is " Gendered adaptation in deltas: Who decides, who benefits, and who loses?" in S64 on "What enables adaptation of women in climate hotspots?" in parallel session 6 from 0915-1100 (room 1.63). The second is " The process of developing adaptation policy trajectories in the DECCMA project" in S200 "Evidence-based guiding principles for developing adaptation pathways in the context of development" in parallel session 7 from 1415-1600 (room 2.41). The third is "Changing attitudes and behaviours among members of a consortium" in S195 "Research for Impact: Dynamic approaches, experiences and lessons on research uptake" in parallel session 8 from 1630-1815 (room 1.42).

On Thursday 21st June, Dr Katharine Vincent will chair D56 "Engaging small and medium-sized enterprises in building resilience to climate change – lessons from the Global South" in parallel session 9 from 0915-1100 (room 1.64). She will then present " Documenting observed adaptations in deltaic Ghana, India and Bangladesh" in S27 "Adaptation practice and experience in deltas in the global south" in parallel session 11 from 1630-1815 (room 1.64).

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?