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’”.
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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.
The SADC Climate Risk Capacity Building project, funded by USAID and implemented by CSIR, Kulima and the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town, has recently been extended for a further 3 years. As part of this project, Kulima will be working with a variety of humanitarian organisations in order to facilitate their use of climate information in decision-making. RIACSO is a forum of UN agencies and NGOs, headed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which supports SADC in emergency preparedness and response. As they gear up for contingency planning for the 2011-12 summer season, Kulima has communicated the essence of a range of seasonal forecasts (from SARCOF, IRI and CSIR) and is currently facilitating a process of assessing potential risks and vulnerabilities, using this information.
Kulima will be participating in the dissemination meeting of the 15th Southern African Climate Outlook Forum, and then running sessions in the subsequent Disaster Risk Reduction stakeholders training workshop, taking place from 27-30th August in Windhoek, Namibia. The dissemination meeting will have the theme “Seasonal climate prediction, a strategic planning tool in sustainable socio-economic development”, and will present the consensus opinion of southern African national meteorological and hydrological services on the likely rainfall in the forthcoming season (October 2011-March 2012). At the subsequent training for disaster risk managers, Dr Alec Joubert will run sessions on interpreting and using seasonal forecasts for decision-making. This forms part of the current CSIR-Kulima-UCT project on building capacity among planners in the SADC region to use climate information in their decision-making.