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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.

Kulima director in Zambia to support development of forest adaptation project

afromontane forestDr Katharine Vincent continues her trip in Zambia this week by working to support the development of a project concept note for submission to the Least Developed Countries Fund.  Zambia is 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.  The programme includes aspects of policy and strategy harmonisation; the establishment of comparable information and data management systems and vulnerability assessments; transfer of adaptation technology to support forest protection and regeneration; and enabling climate-resilient livelihoods for forest-dependent populations.

Kulima director publishes paper in Regional Environmental Change

Regional Environmental ChangeDr Katharine Vincent is one of the co-authors, with Lindsay C. Stringer, Andrew J. Dougill, Jen C. Dyer, Florian Fritzsche, Julia Leventon, Mario Paulo Falcao, Pascal Manyakaidze, Stephen Syampungani, Philip Powell and Gabriel Kalaba, of a paper entitled "Advancing climate-compatible developmen: Lessons from southern Africa", which has just been made available in "early online" access version by the journal Regional Environmental Change.  The paper reports findings from a regional workshop held in November 2012 under the auspices of a Leeds University CDKN project, in which Katharine participated. 

Kulima co-facilitates workshop on forests, rangelands and climate change with FAO and SADC

FAO-SADC forestsDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have been in Johannesburg this week to co-facilitate a workshop on forests, rangelands and climate change with FAO and SADC.  The purpose of the workshop, attended by representatives of 13 SADC countries, was to identify opportunities to develop a regional project eligible for Least Developed Countries Fund and Special Climate Change Fund monies.  Following on from the workshop a draft Project Identification Form will be developed and then elaborated in conjunction with participating countries and the SADC Secretariat.

Kulima and CSIR present training course in Mozambique as part of SADC Climate Risk and Capacity project

Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull, together with Ms Claire Davis from CSIR, are presenting a 3-day training course on the use of weather and climate information in decision-making in Maputo.  The training course forms part of the SADC-regional project, funded by USAID, on Climate Risk and Capacity, which released a recent handbook with new high resolution climate projections and information on impacts and adaptation in the region.  Following a process of needs assessment in March, the course will be attended by national government decision-makers, including directors from a number of ministries, and selected NGO representatives.

SADC Climate Risk and Vulnerability Handbook launched by CSIR, Kulima and CSAG

The Climate Risk and Vulnerability Handbook for Southern Africa is now available for download. Hard copy versions will be available for purchase from www.kalahari.com.  The handbook, produced by CSIR, Kulima and the Climate Systems Analysis Group as part of the USAID-funded SADC Climate Risk Capacity Building project, will be used in forthcoming training courses across the region.  It is structured according to four key questions dealing with observations of past, current and future climate, the likely impacts of such climate changes in key sectors and how countries in the SADC region might begin to deal with these risks and potential adverse impacts.  Case studies profile a range of activities by a variety of organisations to manage climate risks in southern Africa.