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Kulima director participating in UMFULA writeshop on institutional responses to climate change

Dr Katharine Vincent is participating in a writeshop this week with her colleague on the UMFULA project (Future Climate For Africa programme), Dr Joanna Pardoe from the Grantham Research Institute for Climate and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As part of the research into the use of climate information in decision-making, the UMFULA team has been investigating the institutional architecture around climate change in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. Additionally they have administered a survey to public sector staff in the three countries to investigate motivations and perceived agency to act on climate change issues. The writeshop will bring together some of these findings in two academic papers.

Kulima investigating the development of Malawi’s National Resilience Strategy

Katharine Vincent, Diana Mataya and Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema are working with colleagues from the University of Leeds and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources to investigate the development of Malawi's National Resilience Strategy. The UMFULA project is looking at how decisions are made in order to identify how climate information may be used in the development of climate-resilient plans. The National Resilience Strategy in Malawi is a high level initiative that aims to bring together disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and social protection to reduce the negative impacts of extreme events, such as droughts and floods. A forthcoming paper will assess the political economy of the strategy, and the ways in which it can bring together disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

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.

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.