Tag Archives: southern Africa

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.


Kulima looks at use of ENSO forecasts in southern Africa

dam wallKulima is currently working on a project entitled “Southern Africa’s Hydro-Economy and Water Security” (SAHEWS), which is funded by the Belmont Forum’s International Opportunities Fund.  Together with consortium members from the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environmentthe 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 are looking at the use of El Nino Southern Oscillation forecasts in southern Africa.  This will contribute to the overall goal of the project, which is to look at ways of improving hydro-meteorological forecasting to meet agricultural, energy and other water demands under conditions of climate change. 

Kulima director in Madagascar to run workshop on forests and climate adaptation

FAO workshopDr Katharine Vincent is in Antananarivo this week to facilitate a workshop of government representatives who will decide upon the particular design of activities to take place within the remit of a forest adaptation project in Madagascar. In conjunction with FAO, Kulima is supporting the development of a project concept note for submission to the Least Developed Countries Fund. A number of southern African countries, including Malawi and Zambia, are participating in the development of a regional programme on forests, rangelands and climate change adaptation, first conceived of at a regional workshop hosted by FAO and SADC in Johannesburg in June 2013. 

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.