Dr Katharine Vincent is currently in Windhoek attending an expert workshop on assessing climate change vulnerability in fisheries and aquaculture. The workshop, convened by the Global Partnership for Climate, Fisheries and Aquaculture (PACFA) and UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), aims to pull together knowledge on vulnerability assessment methodologies and how they can be applied to the fisheries and aquaculture sector as part of an adaptation planning process. Katharine will be presenting on the PROVIA guidance for assessing climate vulnerability impacts and adaptation, as well as contributing to discussions from her extensive experience of vulnerability assessment methodologies.
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Kulima director attends expert workshop on assessing climate change vulnerability in fisheries and aquaculture
Dr Katharine Vincent made a presentation on "Climate change education: progress and next steps" (by skype!) at a workshop entitled "Higher education and climate change: Awareness, access and knowledge sharing across EU and non-EU programs" held at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. The workshop was hosted by the Global Change Sustainability Research Institute and forms part of the Erasmus Mundus program LEAN-CC: Linking European, African and Asian Academic Networks on Climate Change, which involves 5 European and 5 non-European universities on climate change education.
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are currently in Durban for the Cities at Risk workshop, convened by START, ICSU and the new Future Earth research programme and hosted by the City of Durban/eThekwini Municipality. Attended by scientists, policy-makers and practitioners from across the African continent, the workshop intends to build on the experiences of START and its partners on urban vulnerability and adaptation in Asia and Africa to co-design a plan for short-, medium- and long-term research and capacity building in urban vulnerability and resilience on the African continent. Katharine will make a presentation on "Current and potential ramifications of climate variability and change in African cities", whilst Tracy will speak on "Gender aspects of urban vulnerability and resilience".
An article written by Jaspreet Kindra and published today by IRIN cites Kulima and its involvement in the project on engendering disaster risk reduction with CARE in Mozambique. The article, entitled "Gender relations are changing along with climate", highlights how socio-cultural construction of gender roles (what is approrpiate behaviour for women and men) determines how disasters affect men and women, and how understanding the reasons for differential vulnerability is essential to design responses that enable both men and women to reduce their disaster risk.
In a guest blog, published today on the CDKN website, Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull outline the extent of flooding from heavy rains in Mozambique, and ask why it is receiving so little media coverage. The physical magnitude of flooding has reached similar proportions to the year 2000, yet despite this, the international media is barely reporting the issue. Floods began in mid January in the south of the country (around the Limpopo basin), and have subsequently occurred in the central region (Zambezi basin) and to the north (Cabo Delgado and Niassa provinces), affecting 250,000 people to date. Mozambique's National Disaster Management Institute has responded, with the assistance of humanitarian partners.
Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull, in conjunction with co-authors Emma Archer van Garderen and Alex O. Awiti, have published a paper on writeshops in the latest issue of Environmental Development. The paper argues that writeshops, in which experienced published researchers provide mentorship and support to African academics to produce papers of suitable quality to succeed in the peer-review process, are essential to improve the outputs of African scholarship. The paper builds on Kulima's experience as mentors in the SEI-UNISDR series of writeshops in 2011.
Dr Katharine Vincent was invited to participate in a workshop in Mozambique for a CDKN-funded project implemented by Dr Lindsay Stringer, Professor Andy Dougill, and Dr Jen Dyer from the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds University. The purpose of the workshop was to share emerging findings from the project on assessing institutional and governance partnerships for climate-compatible development in sub-Saharan Africa. Representatives from the four project countries – Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe were present. Kulima’s attendance was to identify synergies with our CDKN-funded project on the impacts of climate change on the health sector in Mozambique.
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.
Dr Katharine Vincent is currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the 3rd Lead Authors Meeting of IPCC Working Group 2 on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation. Katharine is serving as a lead author on chapter 9 – rural areas, and a contributing author on chapter 22 – Africa. Ms Tracy Cull is serving as a contributing author on chapter 9 – rural areas. The Fifth Assessment Report will be forthcoming in 2014.