Tag Archives: Climate Adaptation in Africa

“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. 

New paper on climate change and the water-energy-food nexus in Tanzania

paperThe journal Climate Policy has now published online a paper "Climate change and the water–energy–food nexus: insights from policy and practice in Tanzania". The paper, led by Joanna Pardoe from the London School of Economics and Political Science, with Declan Conway, Emilinah Namaganda, Katharine Vincent, Andy Dougill and Japhet Kashaigili, is an output of the Future Climate For Africa UMFULA project. The paper investigates how climate change is addressed in policy, how it is being mainstreamed into water, energy and agriculture sector policies, and the extent to which cross-sectoral links enable coordinated action. Whilst the agricultural and water sectors are increasingly integrating climate change, practical coordination remains relatively unsuccessful. Addressing the institutional barriers to coordination is important for coherent climate-resilient and sustainable development.

 

Kulima director in Zambia to finalise mainstreaming of climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans

Sioma climate profileDr Katharine Vincent is in Zambia supporting district teams in mainstreaming climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans. As part of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, seven districts in Western Province, together with national and provincial planning staff from the Ministries of Local Government and National Development Planning, have been trained on the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into the planning process. Technical support has also been provided to Mongu, Limulunga, Sesheke, Mwandi, Mulobezi, Senanga and Sioma districts in mainstreaming climate resilience into their Integrated Development Plans. This follows on from earlier workshops to mainstream climate resilience into District and Ward Development Plans, and training on the process of Gender-sensitive Climate Risk Assessment.

Kulima director in Cape Town for UMFULA annual meeting

Lower Shire floodplainDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week for the annual meeting of the UMFULA project. "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA) is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with climate services in central and southern Africa, particulary the Lower Shire and Rufiji basins. The annual meeting brings together all the project partners-Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the universities of Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, Sussex, Cape Town, KwaZulu Natal, Dar es Salaam, Yaounde, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions-to plan activities for the coming year.

Kulima director in Malawi to undertake research for UMFULA project

meeting Met ServicesDr Katharine Vincent is in Blantyre and Lilongwe this week to undertake research for UMFULA. The "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA) project is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with climate services in Africa. UMFULA is working with partners in the public and private sectors in Malawi and Tanzania to determine how climate information can inform planning in the agriculture and water sectors at a variety of levels. The purpose of the visit is to undertake institutional and capacity assessment, and to investigate the political economy of decision-making contexts.

Kulima director presenting at 2nd Southern African Adaptation Colloquium

UMFULA PI in MalawiDr Katharine Vincent is in Johannesburg this week to participate in the 2nd Southern African Adaptation Colloquium at the University of the Witwatersrand. The event is co-organised by the Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute, the African Climate and Development Initiative and the South African Adaptation Network and has the theme "Solution Spaces and Futures: Learning together in a climate challenged world". Katharine will participate in a panel on funding adaptation, make a presentation on co-production and climate services (on behalf of UMFULA in conjunction with FRACTAL-two projects under the Future Climate for Africa programme), and facilitate an open engagement session on co-design and adaptation.

Kulima director presents at UNFCCC Adaptation Forum 2016

Adaptation ForumDr Katharine Vincent participated in the UNFCCC Adaptation Forum, held alongside the 2016 Adaptation Futures conference in Rotterdam. The theme of the forum was "Adaptation under the UNFCCC after the Paris Agreement". The purpose was to inform participants of the adaptation aspects of the Paris Agreement, and for the Adaptation Committee to receive inputs from participants on methods to monitor adaptation with respect to the agreement. Katharine gave a presentation entitled "What can be done to effectively and efficiently recognize the adaptation efforts that have been undertaken by developing countries?" The entire session of presentations and discussion is available to view here.

 

Kulima directors in Addis to present agricultural adaptation good practices to CAADP

nym and medicinal trees in nurseryDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are in Addis Ababa to present agricultural adaptation good practices to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).  The report arises from a project managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry as part of the GIZ support to CAADP.  Over the last two years 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 contributing to African Risk Capacity new climate insurance product design

burnt maizeDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull, together with the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance), are developing criteria for evaluation of adaptation investment plans that will be submitted by countries participating in a new sovereign climate insurance product. The Extreme Climate Facility (XCF) is being developed by African Risk Capacity to support national level adaptation and disaster risk planning based on a payout trigger that will likely be variation of a 5 year average relative to long-term mean climate conditions. The Climate and Development Knowledge Network have been supporting the project, which has assessed the current state of adaptation planning in seven African countries, including Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia. The purpose has been to develop robust, yet realistic, financial and project management criteria, and sound adaptation principles against which submitted investment plans will be evaluated. 

Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance releases report of meeting facilitated by Kulima

Mozambique workshopSave the Children UK, on behalf of the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA), has released a report of a consortium partner workshop and stakeholder meeting held in October that were both facilited by Kulima. The consortium partner workshop brought together the NGOs involved in ACCRA in Mozambique to assess the progress that has been made with regard to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the country, the current state of debates, and where and how the ACCRA members have been successful in contributing to progress. The stakeholder meeting fed back these results to a wider range of government and non-government partners. The purpose was to assess the future trajectory and what will need to be put in place to achieve the future visions for a climate-resilience Mozambique.