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Kulima participated in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to launch a project on mainstreaming gender into DRM plans

Dr Katharine Vincent was in Geneva last week, participating in the 4th World Reconstruction Conference as part of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. The event marked an opportunity to launch a new project that Katharine is undertaking with Cowater Sogema and the World Bank to support Regional Economic Commissions in Africa to mainstream gender into their disaster risk reduction. Over the coming months, Katharine will lead a team of female gender, disaster and resilience specialists to support the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to develop Gender Strategies and Action Plans that ensure disaster risk reduction activities are gender-responsive.

New UMFULA paper released “Climate information needs in southern Africa: A review”

The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the Grantham Research Institute of Climate Change and the Environment and the University of Leeds has released a new working paper as an output of the UMFULA project. Dr Katharine Vincent is an author of the working paper, entitled "Climate information needs in southern Africa. A review". The paper reviews the state of the landscape of available climate information, barriers to climate information use, and the climate information needs of different sectors in southern Africa. It draws on published literature, documentary evidence and primary research with decision makers in the Southern African Development Community.

“Developing and applying a five step process for mainstreaming climate change into local development plans: A case study from Zambia” now available in Climate Risk Management

A new paper "Developing and applying a five step process for mainstreaming climate change into local development plans: A case study from Zambia" has just been published in the journal Climate Risk Management. The paper outlines a process for mainstreaming climate change that was developed for use in the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience districts in western Zambia and applied during several workshops in 2017 for both district development plans and integrated development plans. The process can be used when planning from scratch and also when retrofitting existing plans.

Kulima director participating in Future Earth Water-Energy-Food cluster project dialogue

sugar farmingDr Katharine Vincent is in Johannesburg this week to participate in a policy dialogue as part of the Future Earth Water-Energy-Food cluster project, hosted by the Water Research Commission and the University of KwaZulu Natal. The dialogue aims to review how the nexus approach applies to different sectors in southern Africa and, in particular, to determine the role of the nexus approach to support implementation of regional activities and the Sustainable Development Goals. It also aims to identify trade-offs and policy gaps to suggest future issues related to the W-E-F nexus in Africa. The policy dialogue follows on from a technical workshop which will critically assess evidence and both information and capacity building needs for the W-E-F nexus. 

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.

Kulima director in Malawi for inception of Future Climate for Africa project

southern MalawiDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi this week as the UMFULA team continues its research visit in southern Africa. The "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA) project is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with climate services in Africa. Project team members from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the University of Leeds and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources are meeting with partners in the three southern districts of Thyolo, Nsanje and Chikwawa, and both private sector and government staff in the water and agriculture sectors. The purpose is to initiate the co-production process for developing and integrating climate services into planning, and to identify case study planning decisions on which to work during the project. 

Kulima director in Tanzania to assess climate services needs within the UMFULA project

planning TanzaniaDr Katharine Vincent is in Tanzania this week as part of a team from UMFULA. The "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA) project is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with climate services in Africa. Representatives of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the University of Manchester and Sokoine University are undertaking a preliminary workshop in Iringa in the Rufiji basin. Katharine and a colleague from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research are in Dar es Salaam to scope climate information needs among government departments in the agriculture, water and energy sectors.

Kulima is part of the DFID-NERC Future Climate for Africa programme

FCFAKulima Integrated Development Solutions is proud to announce their participation in the new DFIDNERC Future Climate for Africa programme. They will be co-leading the third pillar of the project "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA, or river in Zulu). UMFULA is a climate services project that will provide new insights and more reliable information about climate processes and extremes in central and southern Africa; and then use this information in partnership with decision-makers in Malawi and Tanzania to inform development decisions with long-term consequences. The project is led by the Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and Environment, with the Universities of Leeds, ManchesterOxford and Sussex in the UK, Universities of Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi, Sokoine University of Agriculture and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and a variety of meteorological agencies from across the region. 

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 analyses utility of seasonal forecasts in southern Africa

Midmar dam-aerialDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are finalising a project which has assessed the application of seasonal forecasts in southern Africa. The "Southern Africa's Hydro-Economy and Water Security" project is funded by the Belmont Forum's International Opportunities Fund. Together with partners from the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the University of East Anglia's Water Security Research Centre, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and UEA's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) they have analysed the nature of various seasonal forecasts for the 2014-15 season, and carried out interviews with stakeholders in the water, agriculture and land use, energy and humanitarian sectors regarding their accessibility and utility.