Dr Katharine Vincent made a presentation on "Climate change education: progress and next steps" (by skype!) at a workshop entitled "Higher education and climate change: Awareness, access and knowledge sharing across EU and non-EU programs" held at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. The workshop was hosted by the Global Change Sustainability Research Institute and forms part of the Erasmus Mundus program LEAN-CC: Linking European, African and Asian Academic Networks on Climate Change, which involves 5 European and 5 non-European universities on climate change education.
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Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are currently in Durban for the Cities at Risk workshop, convened by START, ICSU and the new Future Earth research programme and hosted by the City of Durban/eThekwini Municipality. Attended by scientists, policy-makers and practitioners from across the African continent, the workshop intends to build on the experiences of START and its partners on urban vulnerability and adaptation in Asia and Africa to co-design a plan for short-, medium- and long-term research and capacity building in urban vulnerability and resilience on the African continent. Katharine will make a presentation on "Current and potential ramifications of climate variability and change in African cities", whilst Tracy will speak on "Gender aspects of urban vulnerability and resilience".
An article written by Jaspreet Kindra and published today by IRIN cites Kulima and its involvement in the project on engendering disaster risk reduction with CARE in Mozambique. The article, entitled "Gender relations are changing along with climate", highlights how socio-cultural construction of gender roles (what is approrpiate behaviour for women and men) determines how disasters affect men and women, and how understanding the reasons for differential vulnerability is essential to design responses that enable both men and women to reduce their disaster risk.
Kulima runs first training course on new gender-sensitive Climate Vulnerability Capacity Analysis methodology
Kulima is running the first training of trainers course in Maputo this week on the new gender-sensitive Climate Vulnerability Capacity Analysis (GCVCA) toolkit, developed in conjunction with CARE Mozambique as part of the project on engendering disaster risk reduction. The course will be attended by CARE staff from Angoche and Homoine districts, as well as government representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry for Women and Social Action, National Disaster Management Institute and Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Affairs. GCVCA is a participatory methodology that aims to empower communities as they identify the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of both men and women in the face of climate change, and will be used by CARE in projects in Angoche and Homoine throughout 2013.
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull, in conjunction with co-authors Emma Archer van Garderen and Alex O. Awiti, have published a paper on writeshops in the latest issue of Environmental Development. The paper argues that writeshops, in which experienced published researchers provide mentorship and support to African academics to produce papers of suitable quality to succeed in the peer-review process, are essential to improve the outputs of African scholarship. The paper builds on Kulima's experience as mentors in the SEI-UNISDR series of writeshops in 2011.
Kulima Integrated Development Solutions has been chosen by CARE Mozambique as an implementing partner in a BMZ-funded project on engendering disaster risk reduction. Running until 2014, the project will develop new gender-sensitive vulnerability assessment methodologies and train personnel to facilitate their use in participatory vulnerability assessments in Homoine and Angoche districts. After field testing, refinements will be made and the final gender-sensitive toolkit will be used to advocate for gender-sensitive disaster risk reduction. Further training will also be conducted with national and local level government and civil society members in the hopes that gender-sensitive vulnerability approaches become standard in the future.
Kulima Integrated Development Solutions and UNIQUE Forestry and Land Use have been awarded a GIZ contract on agricultural adaptation to climate change. Forming part of GIZ’s programme of support to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), this project will develop 6 “best practices” on adaptation to climate change for smallholder farmers. These will be elicited through collaboration with regional and national farmer organisations from across the African continent, combined with 3 regional thematic workshops. This collaboration will build on links forged through the Africa Forum, organised by NEPAD to enable knowledge transfer through a variety of continental and regional platforms since 2009. The ultimate aim is to use these best practices to inform national policy and raise the profile of agricultural adaptation on the international agenda.
Dr Katharine Vincent was invited to participate in a workshop in Mozambique for a CDKN-funded project implemented by Dr Lindsay Stringer, Professor Andy Dougill, and Dr Jen Dyer from the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds University. The purpose of the workshop was to share emerging findings from the project on assessing institutional and governance partnerships for climate-compatible development in sub-Saharan Africa. Representatives from the four project countries – Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe were present. Kulima’s attendance was to identify synergies with our CDKN-funded project on the impacts of climate change on the health sector in Mozambique.
Dr Katharine Vincent is currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the 3rd Lead Authors Meeting of IPCC Working Group 2 on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation. Katharine is serving as a lead author on chapter 9 – rural areas, and a contributing author on chapter 22 – Africa. Ms Tracy Cull is serving as a contributing author on chapter 9 – rural areas. The Fifth Assessment Report will be forthcoming in 2014.
Kulima delivers climate change training course for local government officials in Gaza province, Mozambique
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are in Xai Xai, Mozambique this week, to deliver a two-day climate change training course to local government officials in Gaza province. The training has been commissioned by the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance, as part of their second phase of programming. ACCRA is currently working in Guija district in Gaza province, and has found that, whilst there is enthusiasm for addressing climate change issues, effective engagement with the issues is severely impeded by lack of technical understanding and capacity. It is hoped that this training course will enable climate change to be more effectively considered in sub-national planning and development processes.
A blog summarising the training was posted on the ACCRA website on 20th November 2012.