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SADC Climate Risk and Vulnerability Handbook launched by CSIR, Kulima and CSAG

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.

First African Climate Teach-In Day on 3rd June

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 OrganizationEcological 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.

UNU-UNISDR-SEI Anglophone African Writeshop on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction

Dr Katharine Vincent and Tracy Cull will shortly be leaving for Accra, Ghana, where they will be acting as mentors at the UNU-UNISDR-SEI Anglophone African Writeshop.  The event, which aims to assist African early career scholars, practitioners and policy-makers to produce a paper of sufficient quality for submission to a peer-review journal, will be attended by 25 participants selected from an applicant pool of over 70.  Themes of the writeshop are climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.