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.
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull, together with Ms Claire Davis from CSIR, are presenting a 3-day training course on the use of weather and climate information in decision-making in Lusaka. The training course forms part of the SADC-regional project, funded by USAID, on Climate Risk and Capacity, which released a recent handbook with new high resolution climate projections and information on impacts and adaptation in the region. Following a process of needs assessment in March, the course will be attended by national government decision-makers, including technical staff from a number of ministries, and selected NGO representatives. This marks the second course in the series, following Mozambique last week.
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull, together with Ms Claire Davis from CSIR, are presenting a 3-day training course on the use of weather and climate information in decision-making in Maputo. The training course forms part of the SADC-regional project, funded by USAID, on Climate Risk and Capacity, which released a recent handbook with new high resolution climate projections and information on impacts and adaptation in the region. Following a process of needs assessment in March, the course will be attended by national government decision-makers, including directors from a number of ministries, and selected NGO representatives.
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull, together with colleagues from CSIR and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, are preparing for an expert workshop to be held next week in Maputo. The workshop, to be attended by climate change and health experts, forms an integral part of the CDKN project on climate change, health, disasters and agriculture in Mozambique. The purpose is to use expert judgement to assess the intersection between future climate projections and current disease prevalence, in order to determine high risks to the health sector from climate change in the future.
Training course dates have just been announced for the USAID-funded project on Climate Risk and Vulnerability in Southern Africa, implemented by CSIR and Kulima. The project aims to build the capacity of decision-makers across the SADC region to use weather and climate information in their decision-making. Customised training courses are being developed, reflecting needs assessment visits undertaken in Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The first training course will take place in Maputo from 12-14 September, the second one will take place in Lusaka from 19-21 September, the third will take place in Harare from 25-27 September, and the fourth one will take place in Windhoek from 9-11 October.
Last week Dr Katharine Vincent was in Lusaka to meet with government and non-government representatives to assess the needs for climate capacity building in the country. The needs assessment is a key component of the USAID-funded project on Climate Risk and Vulnerability in southern Africa, where customised training will be designed and run to promote the use of weather and climate information in decision-making. As well as Zambia, the project will take place in Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Ms Tracy Cull is currently in Cape Town for the Western Indian Ocean Climate Change Workshop, which Kulima has organised. The workshop, convened by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) under the auspices of the Adaptation Partnership, has brought together over 40 Marine Protected Area managers and climate change policy decision makers from Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, and Tanzania. The purpose of the workshop has been to identify the capacity requirements for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) within the Agulhas and Somalia Current Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) to conduct vulnerability assessments and build adaptive responses to climate change impacts within their management areas.
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have just returned from India, where they ran a training of trainers (and oversaw a training course run by the trainers) on gender and climate change, in partnership with CCAFS. Potential trainers from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal attended the event, learning content on projected climate change in South Asia, its (gender-differentiated) impacts and adaptation options, as well as techniques to communicate this information to rural women farmers and village leaders. The ultimate aim is to empower women at the grassroots to understand that they are able to make choices that enable adaptation to climate change but require little financial or technological investment. Katharine and Tracy authored a guest blog on the training for the CCAFS website.
The Climate Risk and Vulnerability Handbook for Southern Africa is now available for download. Hard copy versions will be available for purchase from www.kalahari.com. The handbook, produced by CSIR, Kulima and the Climate Systems Analysis Group as part of the USAID-funded SADC Climate Risk Capacity Building project, will be used in forthcoming training courses across the region. It is structured according to four key questions dealing with observations of past, current and future climate, the likely impacts of such climate changes in key sectors and how countries in the SADC region might begin to deal with these risks and potential adverse impacts. Case studies profile a range of activities by a variety of organisations to manage climate risks in southern Africa.
June 3rd marked the first “African Climate Teach-In Day“, a day devoted to lectures and lessons around the issue of climate change taking place in schools and universities across the continent. The day aimed to disseminate information on climate change and its impacts, provide introductions to projects and other initiatives underway on the continent, discuss the opportunities and challenges to addressing climate change and, perhaps most importantly, to raise awareness of the need for personal engagement and action.
The event was organised by The International Climate Change Information Programme and the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, in partnership with the UN Environment Programme, UNESCO, World Meteorological Organization, Ecological Society for Eastern Africa, the Sahara and Sahel Observatory, and many institutions from across the African continent.
Kulima fully supports awareness raising around climate change issues among the youth of the African continent, recognising that in many cases, adults glean their information based on what their children are learning at school. Understanding and engagement with the issues is also a vital prerequisite for action.