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“Re-balancing climate services for climate-resilient planning” New paper from the UMFULA project, led by Kulima

A new paper "Re-balancing climate services to inform climate-resilient planning – A conceptual framework and illustrations from sub-Saharan Africa" has just been published in Climate Risk Management. The paper, led by Dr Katharine Vincent, is an output of the Future Climate For Africa UMFULA project. UMFULA aimed to increase the availability and use of medium-term climate information for decision-making in central and southern Africa. Whilst the climate services field has placed a lot of emphasis on generating information that is useful and usable to decision-makers, the "usability gap" has persisted. The paper argues for more attention to be paid to enablers that need to be in place to ensure that useful and usable information is actually used. These enablers include supportive institutions, appropriate policy frameworks, capacity of individuals and agency to make decisions. 

‘The current and future climate of central and southern Africa: What we have learnt and what it means for decision-making in Malawi and Tanzania”-summary of UMFULA project released

After 4 years of research by a multi-disciplinary team and co-production in partnership with government staff, the UMFULA project has released a briefing note that discusses "The current and future climate of central and southern Africa: What we have learnt and what it means for decision-making in Malawi and Tanzania". It highlights how understanding the likely future characteristics of climate risk is a key component of adaptation and climate-resilient planning, but given future uncertainty it is important to design approaches that are strongly informed by local considerations and are robust to uncertainty. Choosing the right tools and approach for climate risk assessment and adaptation to suit the scale of the decision allows a suitable trade-off between robustness and resources  required (time and expertise) for analysis. In the medium term, policy decisions require careful cross-sectoral planning, particularly in cases involving large  investments, long life-times and irreversibility, where there is a strong argument for assessing resilience to future climate change (for example around water, energy and food in Malawi and Tanzania). Co-producing knowledge, as in UMFULA, contributes to building societal and institutional capacity to factor climate risks into long-term planning. It also builds the capacity of researchers to better understand real world decision contexts in which climate change is one of many important factors.

Kulima participating in workshop on evolving regional climate information for decision-making

Dr Katharine Vincent is joining UMFULA PI Professor Declan Conway this week at a workshop in the UK to discuss advancing the development of regional climate information for decision-making. The workshop is convened by the Universities of Cape Town and Reading, together with the Walker Institute and DFID. The small group of particpants will seek to frame new research approaches that address the physical science and societal application in order to help inform
DFID and other relevant agency planning. Katharine and Declan will share insights and experiences based on UMFULA's work in improving the use of medium-term climate information in planning an decision-making in Malawi and Tanzania.

Kulima director in Zambia for PPCR training project

Zambia classroomDr Katharine Vincent is in Lusaka this week for the inception phase of a training project as part of the second phase of Zambia's Pilot Program for Climate Resilience. The first phase of PPCR focused on the development of a Strategic Program for Climate Resilience, and mainstreaming climate resilience into national level policies and strategies. The second phase of PPCR extends this to mainstreaming climate resilience into local level policies and strategies, and supporting participatory adaptation and canal clearing in the flood-prone Barotse sub-basin of Western Province. In conjunction with a local consultant, Katharine will be training a group of pre-selected Climate Adaptation and Resilience Facilitators, who will then spearhead the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into district Integrated Development Plans and enable tangible adaptation activities within selected communities and wards.