Tag Archives: climate change adaptation

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.

 

How can climate information build a resilient Malawi? Report published of a panel discussion on 2nd November

panel discussionOn 2nd November 2017, after the UMFULA annual meeting, a panel discussion co-hosted with the Civil Society Network on Climate Change and LUANAR was held in Lilongwe with the title "How can climate information build a resilient Malawi?"  UMFULA PI, Declan Conway (London School of Economics and Political Science), Director of the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Jolamu Nkhokwe and Deputy Director of the Environmental Affairs Department, Shamiso Najera, gave brief presentations. Responses were given by the panellists – Andy Dougill (University of Leeds), Elina Kululanga (Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services), Julius Ng'oma (Civil Society Network on Climate Change) and Sothini Nyirenda (UNDP) – before the floor was opened to questions from the 60 partcipants. A report of the proceeedings is now available.

Kulima director participating in DECCMA whole consortium meeting in Accra

Keta sea wallDr Katharine Vincent is in Accra this week to participate in the whole consortium meeting of the DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project. DECCMA is one project within the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme. It focuses on the extent to which, and circumstances under which, migration is, and may be, used as an adaptation in three deltas: the Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra and the Indian Bengal delta, the Mahanadi, and the Volta. Kulima's involvement is to ensure gender is integrated throughout the project, and to play a role in ensuring that research findings are effectively communicated beyond an academic audience. The meeting will bring together all consortium partners to assess progress and share information on emerging findings, and plan for the publication of data analysis to date. Ghana's Minister for Environment, Science and Technology will open the meeting

Kulima director in Zambia to train on mainstreaming climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans

training workshop in MonguDr Katharine Vincent is in Mongu in Zambia this week to run a training course on mainstreaming climate resilience into Integrated Development Plans. Integrated Development Plans are spatial planning documents lasting 10 years which are developed by all districts. As part of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience seven districts in Western Province, together with national and provincial planning staff from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing and the Ministry of Development Planning, are being trained on the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into the planning process. 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.

DECCMA publishes new working paper on observed adaptations in deltas with input from Kulima

D6.1.1A review of observed adaptations in deltas has been published by the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) Adaptation team, which includes Dr Katharine Vincent. From a review of peer-reviewed literature the team found 122 documented adaptations: 93 from the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna; 15 from the Volta in Ghana, and 14 from the Mahanadi in India. The bulk of the adaptations are agriculture- and water-related. DECCMA is currently conducting a survey of 6000 households in the three deltas which will add to the evidence on adaptations.

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 finalising project on agricultural adaptation good practices

sunflower farmerDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are finalising a project that has identified good practices in agricultural adaptation from across the African continent.  The project is managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry, and is part of the GIZ support to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme. 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 best practices were then determined based on a transparent evaluation framework for good practices in agricultural adaptation, developed in early 2015. The project will produce an overall continent-wide report on the six good practices, as well as summaries of the findings in each country (for feeding back to those farmers, farmers' organisations, and other stakeholder who participated in the research). 

Kulima director in Maputo to facilitate stocktaking workshop on climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction

ACCRADr Katharine Vincent is in Maputo this week, working with Save the Children UK to facilitate a stocktaking workshop on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction activities. As the Mozambique lead for the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA), Save the Children UK has been undertaking various awareness raising and capacity building activities around climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and promoting their integration in development planning, at both national and sub-national level. They developed a participatory process which government then used to facilitate the production of Local Adaptation Plans, the first of which was produced for Guija district in the flood-prone Gaza province. The workshop brings together government and non-governmental stakeholders to assess progress to date and identify future directions and priorities for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction activities in Mozambique.

Kulima providing inputs to DECCMA’s research-into-use strategy

policymakersDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are providing inputs to DECCMA's research-into-use strategy. As a project of the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme, ensuring practical applicability of research findings is of great importance. Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) has recognised this in one of its two main aims, which is "To deliver policy support to create the conditions for sustainable, gender-sensitive, adaptation". As a boundary organisation that typically works at the interface between science/academic research and practitioners/policy-makers, Kulima is well placed to provide inputs on how DECCMA can best meet this aim.

Kulima director in Rwanda to assess adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity

plumsDr Katharine Vincent is in Rwanda this week to investigate the status of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity as part of a project for the AU Specialist Agency, African Risk CapacityThe project, funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and undertaken in partnership with the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance), is part of ARC's scoping for a new insurance product – the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF). XCF is intended to complement other climate finance mechanisms by funding adaptation and disaster risk reduction in participating countries. The project is assessing the state of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity in seven African countries, and this visit follows last week's on to Kenya, and an earlier one to Malawi.