Kulima director running adaptation training with WWF in Nairobi

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Nairobi this week running training for WWF's Africa Adaptation Initiative. The training will bring together representatives of WWF offices and their civil society partners from across the continent, including Mozambique, Madagascar, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon, and DRC. In terms of content it will cover vulnerability risk assessments, mainstreaming climate change, identifying and selecting between adaptation options, and accessing adaptation finance. 

Kulima director participating in meeting on measuring adaptation

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Bonn for a side meeting to the UNFCCC intersessional discussions on measuring progress on adaptation. The event is organised by IDRC and the African Group of Negotiators Expert Support (AGNES) and follows on from a side event at COP 23 held on the same theme, and co-convened by IDRC and AGNES with McGill University, University of Notre Dam du Lac and the Asian Institute of Technology. The aim of the meeting to take stock of the various initiatives for measuring progress on adaptation, and identify particular needs, taking into account the ongoing negotiations on the Paris Agreement and how to transparently measure adaptation progress. Other organisations represented at the meeting include the Global Centre of Excellent on Climate Adaptation, UNEP DTU, UN Environment, UN Climate Change, CCAFS, GIZIIED and the governments of Kenya, Uganda, Botswana and Ghana. 

  

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 director invited to take part in ASSAR project MOOC planning workshop

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week, participating in a workshop hosted by a project in the CARIAA programme, Adaptation to Climate Change in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASSAR). As a legacy of its learnings on ensuring research impact and research informing policy and practice, ASSAR Researh-into-Use partner, Oxfam, is leading the development of a Massive Open Online Course. Katharine will share insights from the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project.  

Kulima director participating in UMFULA writeshop on institutional responses to climate change

Dr Katharine Vincent is participating in a writeshop this week with her colleague on the UMFULA project (Future Climate For Africa programme), Dr Joanna Pardoe from the Grantham Research Institute for Climate and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As part of the research into the use of climate information in decision-making, the UMFULA team has been investigating the institutional architecture around climate change in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. Additionally they have administered a survey to public sector staff in the three countries to investigate motivations and perceived agency to act on climate change issues. The writeshop will bring together some of these findings in two academic papers.

Kulima director participating in DECCMA whole consortium meeting in Dhaka

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Dhaka 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. There will also be a stakeholder event to discuss findings with the General Economics Division of the Bangladesh Planning Commission, who handle the country's Delta Plan.

Kulima director in Dubai for meeting of the CARIAA research-into-use group

Dr Katharine Vincent is continuing the week in Dubai with a meeting of the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme research-into-use group. The meeting is attended by research impact and communications experts 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 develop impact-focused outputs that synthesis findings of the CARIAA programme on key themes. Katharine will be coordinating an output summarising migration findings from across Africa and Asia.