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CSAG and Kulima publish blog on Communities of Practice

COPsThe Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions have published a blog on communities of practice. The project "Integrated Climate Change Modelling and Policy Linkages for Adaptive Planning" looked at certain projects within the IDRC-funded Climate Change and Water programme. As part of the aim to bridge the knowledge gap between scientists and policy-makers and planners, the blog investigates the circumstances under which communities of practice arise and, in particular, how donors might be able to support their development.

Source: CSAG

 

Kulima director in Livingstone to train PPCR community facilitators and planning officers

LivingstoneDr Katharine Vincent is in Livingstone for two weeks as part of the assignment to support climate risk planning within phase 2 of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience. The second phase of PPCR extends mainstreaming of climate resilience into local level policies and strategies, and supporting participatory adaptation and canal clearing in the flood-prone Bartose sub-basin. In conjunction with a local consultant, she is running a training of trainers course for Climate Resilience and Adaptation Facilitators and District Planning Officers, who will then facilitate gender-sensitive climate risk assessments in communities, and the identification and prioritisation of adaptation activities for inclusion in local level development planning. 

Kulima director continues trip to Malawi to wrap up ADAPT-PLAN project proposal

Malawi roadDr Katharine Vincent continues her trip to Malawi this week to hold a stakeholder workshop to finalise the project document for the ADAPT-PLAN project, on integrating adaptation into decision-making, which has been accepted at concept stage for funding by the GEF under the Least Developed Countries Fund.  This finalisation follows several rounds of consultations; at the district and national-level; and also presentation to (and endorsement by) the Climate Change Technical Committee.  The project sets up the institutional framework to encourage integration of adaptation into District Development Plans in 3 districts (Nkhata Bay, Ntcheu and Zomba) and 3 national departments (Agriculture, Water and Forestry) through the use of finance linked to identification and attainment of appropriate adaptation indicators.

Kulima director publishes paper in Regional Environmental Change

Regional Environmental ChangeDr Katharine Vincent is one of the co-authors, with Lindsay C. Stringer, Andrew J. Dougill, Jen C. Dyer, Florian Fritzsche, Julia Leventon, Mario Paulo Falcao, Pascal Manyakaidze, Stephen Syampungani, Philip Powell and Gabriel Kalaba, of a paper entitled "Advancing climate-compatible developmen: Lessons from southern Africa", which has just been made available in "early online" access version by the journal Regional Environmental Change.  The paper reports findings from a regional workshop held in November 2012 under the auspices of a Leeds University CDKN project, in which Katharine participated. 

Kulima undertakes national level consultations in Malawi for ADAPT-PLAN project

MalawiDr Katharine Vincent is in Lilongwe and Blantyre this week to continue national level stakeholder consultations as part of the preparation of a project document for a GEF LDCF-funded project on "Implementing urgent adaptation priorities through strengthened decentralized and national development plans" (ADAPT-PLAN) that will be implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Mangagement, with support from UNDP. These national level consultations build on district-level consultations and a workshop for the three target districts (Nkhata Bay, Ntcheu and Zomba) which defined tangible local adaptation activities and elaborated workplans for ensuring that adaptation is actively incorporated into the production of the next, and subsequent, district development plans.

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Kulima supports development of an adaptation project in Malawi

Lake MalawiDr Katharine Vincent is currently in Malawi to undertake the first of several scoping trips to develop a project that will ensure the integration of adaptation into development planning and national and district levels in the country.  The project concept was developed by UNDP and has been approved by the Global Environment Facility as eligible for Least Developed Countries Fund monies.  Stakeholder consultations are currently taking place at national level (in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management) and in the three districts (Nkhata Bay, Ntcheu and Zomba) in order to elaborate a project proposal and implementation plan.

Kulima director publishes book review in “Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change”

Dr Katharine Vincent has had a book review published in the peer-reviewed journal Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change.  The review is of Mike Robbins’ book “Crops and Carbon: Paying Farmers to Combat Climate Change.” The book examines options for carbon sequestration through the land (particularly the soil), as a complement to forests.  It is written in an accessible style and assumes no prior knowledge of either climate change or agricultural systems.  Robbins concludes that, despite significant uncertainties, payment for ecosystem services under REDD+ and the carbon market may indeed offer the opportunity to pay farmers to combat climate change, whilst simultaneously contributing to sustainable land management.

Kulima directors have paper accepted in Information Technologies and International Development

Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have had a paper accepted in the journal Information Technologies and International Development.  The paper will appear in the spring 2013 edition, volume 9, issue 1, and is entitled ‘”Ten Seeds” How mobiles have contributed to development in women-led farming cooperatives in Lesotho’.  It is based upon empirical research with people from the Bishop Allard Vocational School in Roma about how they have achieved development, empowerment and choice since being given 10 mobiles (the “ten seeds”) in 2008.  It also argues for a qualitative and longitudinal approach to evaluation of development interventions in order to get a more complete picture.

Kulima supports CARE in developing a project on water and sanitation in northern Mozambique

Kulima has been supporting CARE International in Mozambique to develop a project on water and sanitation in northern Mozambique.  Mozambique is currently falling short of meeting the Millennium Development Goal on halving the number of people without access to water and sanitation.  Cabo Delgado province, in the north of the country, has the highest levels of child stunting, and regularly suffers from outbreaks of diarrhoeal disease and cholera, particularly in the aftermath of tropical cyclones and floods.  The proposal is based on the use of CARE’s Community Led Total Sanitation methodology to improve access to water and sanitation, and will be rolled out in around 25-30 villages in the province.  The project will last for 3 years, until 2015.

Kulima and International Development conduct a third round of climate change training at the African Development Bank

Dr Katharine Vincent is again in Tunis where she is part of a team conducting climate change training at the African Development Bank.  The training, focusing on the impacts of climate change on energy and transport, forms part of a series that has been designed and run by Kulima and International Development East Anglia as part of a project to raise awareness of climate change and development issues among African Development Bank staff at a variety of levels.  The first set of trainings, for Executive Directors and Senior Managers, was held in October 2011.  The second set of trainings, for Managers, was held in January 2012 on climate change and agriculture and natural resources.