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Kulima director in Tanzania to assess livelihoods in the Rufiji delta

aerial of riverDr Katharine Vincent is in Tanzania this week to undertake livelihoods analysis in the Rufiji delta. This is part of the Western Indian Ocean Deltas Exchange (WIODER) – a partnership of a number of organisations and programmes with interests in environmental and social sustainability of deltas within a context of climate change. Working with colleagues from the University of Southampton and the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation project, the aim of the research is to determine characteristics of delta-based livelihoods, how they link to migration, and also to test the importance of undertaking gender-sensitive research.

Kulima director in Cape Town for UMFULA annual meeting

Lower Shire floodplainDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week for the annual meeting of the UMFULA project. "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA) is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with climate services in central and southern Africa, particulary the Lower Shire and Rufiji basins. The annual meeting brings together all the project partners-Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the universities of Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, Sussex, Cape Town, KwaZulu Natal, Dar es Salaam, Yaounde, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions-to plan activities for the coming year.

Kulima director in Malawi to undertake research for UMFULA project

meeting Met ServicesDr Katharine Vincent is in Blantyre and Lilongwe this week to undertake research for 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. UMFULA is working with partners in the public and private sectors in Malawi and Tanzania to determine how climate information can inform planning in the agriculture and water sectors at a variety of levels. The purpose of the visit is to undertake institutional and capacity assessment, and to investigate the political economy of decision-making contexts.

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 directors in Cape Town for FCFA UMFULA inception meeting

Table MountainFollowing last week's formal launch of the Future Climate for Africa programme, this week Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are attending the UMFULA project inception meeting in Cape Town. UMFULA is a climate services project with various components. It will improve the availability of high resolution climate information and use that to project water availability based on water models. This process will be informed by user demands for such information. UMFULA will also be looking at decision-making processes and co-producing scenarios of future conditions that can be used in medium and long-term planning in the water and agriculture sectors. Decision-making contexts will be examined at regional and national level, as well as in case studies in the Rufiji basin in Tanzania, and three districts (Nsanje, Chikwawa and Thyolo) in the the lower Shire basin in Malawi. 

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 DFID-NERC 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. 

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.