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Kulima and DRFN submit Vulnerability and Adaptation chapter for Namibia’s Third National Communication

SossusvleiKulima Integrated Development Solutions and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia are submitting to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism the Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment chapter for Namibia's Third National Communication to the UNFCCC. This follows a period of backstopping the Vulnerability and Adaptation Multistakeholder Task Team and facilitating workshops that selected priority sectors, identifid the intended content and structure of the chapter, and consolidated findings through the choosing of indicators and identifying the extent of existing adaptation.  

 

Kulima director in Windhoek for vulnerability and adaptation assessment of Namibia’s Third National Communication

WindhoekMs Tracy Cull is in Windhoek this week for the third workshop of the task team compiling the vulnerability and adaptation assessment of Namibia's Third National Communication to the UNFCCC. The purpose of the workshop is to consolidate the vulnerability assessment through choosing indicators and identify the extent of existing adaptation. This follows from previous workshops to discuss the intended content and structure of the chapter in March; and to highlight the broad nature of vulnerabilities in four priority sectors (water, health, tourism and agriculture) in July. Kulima and national partner, the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, have been providing technical backstopping and capacity building to a multi-stakeholder task team of Namibian academics and practitioners who are leading the assessment.

Kulima director in Windhoek for vulnerability and adaptation assessment of Namibia’s Third National Communication

SwwakopmundDr Katharine Vincent is in Windhoek this week to run a brief training course on climate change, in conjunction with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, and then facilitate a working session of the vulnerability and assessment task team from the group compiling the Third National Communication to the UNFCCC. The process of vulnerability and adaptation assessment has been designed to build the capacity of Namibian nationals and feed into the related process of National Adaptation Plan creation. V&A task team members were identified at an inception workshop in March, whilst the training component will be attended by a variety of government staff from different departments.

Kulima director in Windhoek to discuss vulnerability and adaptation for the Third National Communication to the UNFCCC

SossusvleiMs Tracy Cull is currently in Windhoek to discuss the intended content and structure of the vulnerability and adaptation section of Namibia's forthcoming Third National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Kulima is partnering with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia on the section, which will be driven by a multi-stakeholder steering group of Namibian academics and practitioners.  The purpose of this week is to finalise the priority sectors on which vulnerability and adaptation assessments will take place, and to identify training and capacity building needs amongst steering group members and other stakeholders so that they are able to drive the process.

Kulima and CSIR plan training in use of weather and climate information for decision-making in the SADC region

Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull met this week with colleagues from CSIR as part of the USAID-funded project on Climate Risk and Vulnerability in Southern Africa.  The project, implemented by Kulima and CSIR, aims to build the capacity of decision-makers across the SADC region to use weather and climate information in their decision-making.  Needs assessment visits have now been undertaken in Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and the purpose of the meeting was to plan the structure of each customised training course, all of which are due to take place in September and October 2011.  The training courses will draw on the innovative downscaled climate change projections for the SADC region outlined in Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa (also produced as part of the project).

Kulima runs training course at Southern African Climate Outlook Forum

Kulima will be participating in the dissemination meeting of the 15th Southern African Climate Outlook Forum, and then running sessions in the subsequent Disaster Risk Reduction stakeholders training workshop, taking place from 27-30th August in Windhoek, Namibia.  The dissemination meeting will have the theme “Seasonal climate prediction, a strategic planning tool in sustainable socio-economic development”, and will present the consensus opinion of southern African national meteorological and hydrological services on the likely rainfall in the forthcoming season (October 2011-March 2012).  At the subsequent training for disaster risk managers, Dr Alec Joubert will run sessions on interpreting and using seasonal forecasts for decision-making. This forms part of the current CSIR-Kulima-UCT project on building capacity among planners in the SADC region to use climate information in their decision-making.

Fourth run of the Wits Introduction to Vulnerability Risk Assessment completed

Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have just completed the fourth rollout of the University of the Witwatersrand’s short professional training course on Introduction to Vulnerability Risk Assessment in Johannesburg.  The National Qualifications Foundation (NQF) Level 5-rated course was attended by over 20 vulnerability assessment professionals from various national and local government departments in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana, and Tanzania.  Dr Alec Joubert made a guest presentation on the interpretation of seasonal forecasts and their use in disaster risk reduction.  Course evaluations praised the interactive nature of the course, and the quality of training material and presentations.  The course is next due to run on 11-15th April 2011, and more information is available on the Wits Enterprise website.