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Taking stock and looking forward: UMFULA’s annual meeting and stakeholder events in Malawi

Taking stock and looking forward by Kulima on Exposure

UMFULA publishes a variety of outputs relating to climate information

understanding model outputsAt its annual meeting and stakeholder events last week in Malawi, UMFULA published a number of outputs relating to climate information. Climate briefs were presented for both Malawi and Tanzania, in which future climate projections are highlighted, based on 34 global climate models used by the IPCC (CMIP-5). As well as the main brief, there is also a 2 page summary for policy-makers, and an annex for more technical readers. In addition a guide was published on "How to understand and interpret global climate model results". This accompanies an earlier guide on "Climate models: what they show us and how they can be used in planning". There is also "Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa", which was launched by CSIR and Kulima in October.

Kulima participating in UMFULA annual meeting in Malawi

workshopDr Katharine Vincent, Diana Mataya and Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema are in Mangochi this week, participating in the annual meeting of the UMFULA project, part of the Future Climate for Africa programme. The meeting brings together the climate scientists, impact modellers and social scientists from the UK, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania and Cameroon. It will be followed by a range of stakeholder events in Malawi, including a lunch with directors from our government partners, a panel discussion on the role of climate information in building a resilient Malawi, and participation in the environment and climate change donor coordination committee, to see how UMFULA outputs can inform ongoing programming in the country.

Kulima director in Malawi to continue UMFULA research

MalawiDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi this week, working with colleagues on the UMFULA (Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications) project. UMFULA is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with improving the use of climate information in decision-making. Team members from Kulima and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources are continuing research into the evolving institutional architecture for addressing climate change in Malawi, and the development of timelines of policies in climate-sensitive sectors. They are also commencing preparations for this year's UMFULA annual meeting, which will be held in November in Malawi, and accompanied by a number of targeted stakeholder activities.

Kulima director in Tanzania to assess climate services needs within the UMFULA project

planning TanzaniaDr Katharine Vincent is in Tanzania this week as part of a team from 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. Representatives of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the University of Manchester and Sokoine University are undertaking a preliminary workshop in Iringa in the Rufiji basin. Katharine and a colleague from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research are in Dar es Salaam to scope climate information needs among government departments in the agriculture, water and energy sectors.

Kulima director participated in IPCC Expert Meeting of the Task Group on data and scenario support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA)

IPCC TGICA meetingLast week Dr Katharine Vincent participated in an IPCC Expert Meeting of the Task Group on data and scenario support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA), held at the Lamont Campus of Columbia University in New York. The focus of the meeting was "decision-centred approaches to the use of climate information". Within that, discussions centred around: improving uptake of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report; sharing experiences of applying data for impacts, adaptation and vulnerability assessments; and articulating good practices based on experiences of application of climate information – to inform knowledge products and guidance and the future activities of the TGICA group. Katharine gave a presentation on the climate information needs of the IAV research community on day one. 

Malawi FCFA pilot case study undertaken by Kulima and the University of Leeds is released

FCFAKulima and the University of Leeds undertook one of four pilot case studies to inform the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme. Using the example of Malawi, the aim was to look at the actual and potential use of weather and climate information in planning decisions. Interim outputs from the project included a review of existing weather and climate information. The final report was compiled following a series of in-country stakeholder consultations and a workshop based on simulating planning decisions through the use of serious games. The final report and policy brief of the case study have just been released by the coordinators of the FCFA pilot programme, as well as a synthesis report and brief that build on the collective discussions of all the pilot case study teams at a workshop in Cape Town in October.

Kulima directors in Cape Town for FCFA synthesis workshop

workshop photoDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are currently in Cape Town for the synthesis workshop of the Future Climate for Africa pilot case studies. The workshop brings together representatives of the teams that worked in Ghana and Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia to highlight common emerging understanding on the current use of weather and climate information in policy-making and planning, and the potential barriers to, and opportunities for, improving climate services in decision-making. Katharine and Tracy will be representing their experiences from the Malawi pilot case study, which was based on in-country stakeholder consultations and a workshop undertaken in partnership with the University of Leeds. The findings are intended to inform the proposals for the full Future Climate for Africa programme, which are currently under development by 9 shortlisted consortia. 

Kulima paper presented at Planet Under Pressure conference in London

Building on their recent collaborations, Kulima and CSIR are presenting a paper at this week’s Planet Under Pressure conference in London.  The paper, entitled “Bridging the Gap: Experiences of communicating climate information between producers and end-users in southern Africa”, highlights our experience in communicating information around climate change to humanitarian actors, through the development of a two-way dialogue highlighting needs and opportunities.  The paper forms part of a parallel session on “Making climate science useful: effective dialogue between climate scientists and humanitarian and development ‘end users’”.

Kulima findings from climate information project presented at 14th Meeting of the CLIVAR Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction


A presentation on “CLIVAR Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction with the World Meteorological Organisation: The case of Regional Climate Outlook Fora” was made by Dr Willem Landman and Dr Alec Joubert at the 14th meeting of the CLIVAR Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction, held from 12-14th September in Trieste, Italy.  The presentation included recommendations arising out of the recent SARCOF-15 in Windhoek, Namibia, from a session facilitated by Dr Alec Joubert as part of the USAID-funded CSIR-Kulima-UCT project on building capacity among planners in the SADC region to use climate information in their decision-making.