Tag Archives: Adaptation

DECCMA releases a summary of its key findings on climate change, migration and adaptation

As it nears the end of its 4.5 year lifespan, the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project has released a summary of its key findings on climate change, migration and adaptation. Deltas are home to 500 million people worldwide and play a key role in the economies of countries. Climate change exacerbates environmental change due to sea level rise, salinisation, flooding and coastal erosion, and different levels of social vulnerability create different risk profiles (including for men and women). Migration has long been evident in deltas (primarily from rural areas to urban areas) but environmental change alters the context in which migration decisions are taken, particularly when environmental factors reduce the ability to earn a living. As mobile environments, adaptation has always occurred, but more is likely to be required in the future. The publication also outlines some of DECCMA policy impacts building achievements. Kulima's role in DECCMA has been to ensure integration of gender, champion research impact activities, and contribute to adaptation research.

Kulima hosting a writeshop on climate services for the UMFULA project

This week Kulima is hosting a writeshop in South Africa for members of the UMFULA project (under the Future Climate For Africa programme). The writeshop will be attended by team members from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, University of Leeds and University of Kwazulu Natal. The aim is to compare, contrast and synthesise findings from research conducted in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. Planned papers relate to the political economy of climate change in each country, insights into effective and equitable adaptation options for small-scale commodity (tea and sugar) farmers, and analysis of how to best visualise climate information so that the intended message is effectively understood by planners.

New open access paper “How do staff motivation and workplace environment affect capacity of governments to adapt to climate change in developing countries?”

A new paper "How do staff motivation and workplace environment affect capacity of governments to adapt to climate change in developing countries?" has just been made available online in the journal Environmental Science and Policy. The paper, led by Joanna Pardoe with Katharine Vincent and Declan Conway, is an output of the UMFULA (Future Climate for Africa) project, and is based on self-determination theory surveys that were conducted with government officials in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. The study finds that whilst external influences and hierarchical structures are recognised, these do not have a strong direct influence on staff motivation to respond to climate change, but they do appear to inhibit capacities to act. Lack of staff and limited government-allocated budget reduce the ability of ministries to be self-determined and set their own agendas, as they create a dependence on donor-determined projects.

Kulima director in Southampton to work with the DECCMA team

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Southampton this week to work with the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) team. The aims of the visit are to assess and synthesis DECCMA findings on adaptation needs and practice in deltas. With the project drawing to a close in November, there are results from qualitative and quantitative research in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna, Indian Bengal, Mahanadi and Volta deltas. The intention is that these can inform a research agenda on adaptation, methodological approaches to adaptation, and elaborate what sustainable adaptation looks like in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals, Sendai Framework, and Paris Agreement.

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.

New report on six good practices of agricultural adaptation in Africa by Kulima and UNIQUE forestry and landuse for GIZ

GIZ have launched a report "Agricultural adaptation: Six categories of good practices and technologies in Africa" that was led by Kulima and UNIQUE forestry and landuse. The report was produced as part of GIZ support to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Over a two year preiod primary research was undertaken to document observed adaptations in various farming systems in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Togo and Zambia, as well as in South Africa. Six continent-wide good practices were then determined based on a transparent evaluation framework for good practices in agricultual adaptation, developed in early 2015.

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).