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Kulima part of team presenting an initial cost estimate of South Africa’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Last week Dr Katharine Vincent and colleagues from CowaterSogema presented their initial cost estimate for the implementation of South Africa's National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to the Department of Environmental Affairs. The aim of the costing exercise is to highlight the business case for investment in adaptation in South Africa, for use both within national government and to seek alternative sources of adaptation finance. The strategy has a 10 year lifespan as is due to be formally adopted in 2019. The team applied mixed methods (top down/parametric, bottom-up, analagous and expert-informed) to cost the strategic interventions. The next step is for the draft to be presented to a stakeholder workshop prior to finalisation.

Kulima running gender session at the Southern African Climate Finance Partnership regional learning forum

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Maun this week at the second regional learning forum of the Southern African Climate Finance Partnership (SACFP). Funded by the UK's Department For International Development and Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, SACFP is supporting Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe to develop country-owned and managed climate finance portfolios that can be financed through the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other climate finance avenues. The Regional Learning Forum is an opportunity to share experiences and Katharine will run a session on developing gender-responsive proposals that meet the criteria in the GCF's Gender Policy. This follows on from earlier training in Botswana on gender and climate change.

Kulima participating in costing of South Africa’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Dr Katharine Vincent is working as part of a team led by CowaterSogema to cost South Africa's National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (which also acts as the National Adaptation Plan under the UNFCCC). The aim of the costing exercise is to highlight the business case for investment in adaptation in South Africa, for use both within national government and to seek alternative sources of adaptation finance. The strategy has a 10 year lifespan as is due to be formally adopted in 2019. The team are applying mixed methods to cost the strategic interventions, which will then be presented to a stakeholder workshop prior to finalisation.

Kulima working with Urban Earth to support adaptation projects in South African provinces

Dr Katharine Vincent is part of a project team led by Urban Earth which is working on an assignment as part of GIZ's Provincial Climate Change Support Programme. The aim is to support the development of adaptation project proposals from six of South Africa's provinces. Kwazulu Natal, Mpumulanga, Limpopo, Gauteng, Northwest and the Northern Cape have all identified priority projects out of their provincial adaptation strategies that are related to water and climate change. Kulima's role is input to the development of financial proposals based on appropriate adaptation finance sources. 

Kulima director participating in workshop on climate information for development

Cape TownDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week for a workshop on communication, interpretation and use of climate information for development led by Professors Suraje Dessai (University of Leeds) and Coleen Vogel (University of the Witwatersrand). Katharine will act as a mentor alongside Drs Joe Daron, Admire Nyamwanza and Rachel James. The workshop brings together early career researchers from the UK and South Africa under the British Council Researcher Links programme, which aims to enable interaction, shared opportunities for learning, and the building of research links for future collaboration.

Kulima director presenting at 2nd Southern African Adaptation Colloquium

UMFULA PI in MalawiDr Katharine Vincent is in Johannesburg this week to participate in the 2nd Southern African Adaptation Colloquium at the University of the Witwatersrand. The event is co-organised by the Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute, the African Climate and Development Initiative and the South African Adaptation Network and has the theme "Solution Spaces and Futures: Learning together in a climate challenged world". Katharine will participate in a panel on funding adaptation, make a presentation on co-production and climate services (on behalf of UMFULA in conjunction with FRACTAL-two projects under the Future Climate for Africa programme), and facilitate an open engagement session on co-design and adaptation.

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. 

Kulima directors in Addis to present agricultural adaptation good practices to CAADP

nym and medicinal trees in nurseryDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are in Addis Ababa to present agricultural adaptation good practices to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).  The report arises from a project managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry as part of the GIZ support to CAADP.  Over the last two years primary research was undertaken to document observed adaptations in various farming systems in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Togo and Zambia, as well as in South Africa. Six continent-wide good practices were then determined based on a transparent evaluation framework for good practices in agricultual adaptation, developed in early 2015.

Kulima finalising project on agricultural adaptation good practices

sunflower farmerDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are finalising a project that has identified good practices in agricultural adaptation from across the African continent.  The project is managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry, and is part of the GIZ support to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme. Over the last two years primary research was undertaken to document observed adaptations in various farming systems in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Togo and Zambia, as well as in South Africa. Six continent-wide best practices were then determined based on a transparent evaluation framework for good practices in agricultural adaptation, developed in early 2015. The project will produce an overall continent-wide report on the six good practices, as well as summaries of the findings in each country (for feeding back to those farmers, farmers' organisations, and other stakeholder who participated in the research). 

Kulima director supporting gender training for CDKN in Cape Town

Cape Town city centreDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week to support gender training for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network staff based at SouthSouthNorth. The training is being run by Dr Virginie le Masson from the Overseas Development Institute as part of an overall initiative to improve gender integration in CDKN programming. The focus is on raising awareness of gender and how it affects climate-compatible development (and thus should be intergrated within project design and development); as well as improving gender-sensitivity within the organisation itself, and its policies and procedures.