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CSIR and Kulima launch 2nd edition of Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa

handbookThe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions have today launched the second edition of "Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa" (edited by Claire Davis-Reddy and Katharine Vincent). The handbook provides accessible and southern Africa-specific overview of evidence for climate change, projected future climates, potential impacts across sectors, and responses to reduce risk (adaptation and disaster risk reduction). The 202 page handbook serves as a comprehensive resource for climate and development practitioners, students, researchers, and policy-makers. A 28 page executive summary highlights key findings targeted at policy-makers and is available in English and Portuguese. A short video animation accompanies the handbook.

 

IFPRI and Kulima publish project note on seasonal forecasts in South Africa

IFPRI SAHEWS project noteThe International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions have released a project note on "Improving effective use of seasonal forecasts in South Africa". This is an output of the "Southern Africa Hydro-Economy and Water Security" project, funded by the Belmont Forum's International Opportunities Fund. Together with partners from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the University of East Anglia's Water Security Research CentreSouth Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and UEA's Climatic Research Unit, the note outlines ways of improving effectiveness of seasonal forecasts based on primary research with stakeholders in the water, agriculture and disaster preparedness and response sectors in South Africa. 

Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance releases report of meeting facilitated by Kulima

Mozambique workshopSave the Children UK, on behalf of the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA), has released a report of a consortium partner workshop and stakeholder meeting held in October that were both facilited by Kulima. The consortium partner workshop brought together the NGOs involved in ACCRA in Mozambique to assess the progress that has been made with regard to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the country, the current state of debates, and where and how the ACCRA members have been successful in contributing to progress. The stakeholder meeting fed back these results to a wider range of government and non-government partners. The purpose was to assess the future trajectory and what will need to be put in place to achieve the future visions for a climate-resilience Mozambique.

Kulima directors contributing to new SADC Climate Risk and Vulnerability handbook

SADC_R&V_handbookDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are working with CSIR to produce a second edition of the popular publication Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A handbook for southern Africa (also available in Portuguese). The first edition presented novel high resolution climate projections (produced through both statistical and dynamical downscaling), vulnerability, impacts and adaptation, including case studies from across the region. It was also used in customised training courses in Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The second edition will provided updated climate projections, sector-based impacts and responses, and new sections interrogating climate policy, the linkages between adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and climate finance opportunities. 

Kulima director in Zambia to assess adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity

Zambia flagDr Katharine Vincent is in Zambia this week to investigate the status of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity as part of a project for the AU Specialist Agency, African Risk Capacity. The project, funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and undertaken in partnership with the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance), is part of ARC's scoping for a new insurance product – the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF). XCF is intended to complement other climate finance mechanisms by funding adaptation and disaster risk reduction in participating countries. The project is assessing the state of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity in seven African countries, and this visit follows earlier visits to Rwanda, Kenya and Malawi.

Kulima director in Rwanda to assess adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity

plumsDr Katharine Vincent is in Rwanda this week to investigate the status of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity as part of a project for the AU Specialist Agency, African Risk CapacityThe project, funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and undertaken in partnership with the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance), is part of ARC's scoping for a new insurance product – the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF). XCF is intended to complement other climate finance mechanisms by funding adaptation and disaster risk reduction in participating countries. The project is assessing the state of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity in seven African countries, and this visit follows last week's on to Kenya, and an earlier one to Malawi.

Kulima director in Kenya to assess adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity

fishing boats on LamuDr Katharine Vincent is in Kenya this week to investigate the status of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity as part of a project for the AU Specialist Agency, African Risk Capacity. The project, funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and undertaken in partnership with the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance), is part of ARC's scoping for a new insurance product – the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF). XCF is intended to complement other climate finance mechanisms by funding adaptation and disaster risk reduction in participating countries. The project is assessing the state of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity in seven African countries, and this visit to Kenya follows an earlier one to Malawi.

Kulima director in Malawi to investigate adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity

river bank stabilisationDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi this week to investigate the status of adaptation planning and climate finance absorption capacity as part of a project for the AU Specialist Agency, African Risk CapacityThe project, funded by Climate and Development Knowledge Network and undertaken in partnership with the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance), is part of ARC's scoping for a new insurance product – the Extreme Climate Facility (XCF). XCF is intended to complement other climate finance mechanisms by funding adaptation and disaster risk reduction in participating countries. The project is assessing the state of adaptation planning and climate finance absoprtion capacity in seven African countries, including Malawi.

Kulima directors attend African Risk Capacity climate insurance inception meeting

fisherman heading homeDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are in Johannesburg today for the inception meeting of a new project with the AU specialist agency the African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Ltd.  In partnership with the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance), and with funding from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, the nine month project will work in seven African countries to assess the current state of adaptation planning (and adaptation planning good practice guidelines) and climate finance absorption capacity. This will inform preparation for the new Extreme Climate Facility (XCF), which is intended to support national level adaptation and disaster risk planning.

Kulima director attends IPCC SREX regional outreach meeting in South Africa

SREXMs Tracy Cull is currently in Centurion, South Africa, for a regional outreach meeting on the IPCC's Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.  The workshop is organised by the IPCC, Government of Norway and South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs and will be attended by policy-makers and practitioners from eastern and southern Africa.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss key findings of the report and their implication for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the region.