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Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change, Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project website goes live

DECCMA websiteThe Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change, Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project has today launched its official website. The project is one of 4 funded by IDRC and DFID under the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) program to highlight adaptation options in different geographical environments. DECCMA is working in the Ganges-Meghna-Brahmaputra delta in Bangladesh and India, the Mahanadi delta in India, and the Volta delta in Ghana.  Kulima directors Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are the gender advisors for the project, ensuring that the objectives, research questions, methodologies, and analyses are gender-sensitive. The project aims to use its empirical insights into migration as an adaptation to inform the development of gender-sensitive projects for international climate finance.

Kulima supporting WWF in analysis of climate change responses

two bridgesDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are supporting WWF in the analysis of climate change responses from grassroots communities in four African countries: Gabon, Madagascar, Tanzania and Uganda.  The primary research, comprising interviews and focus groups, was undertaken by various of the seven international conservation NGOs that make up the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG), supported by USAID.  Their interest is to determine the extent to which autonomous adaptation exists and what can be learnt from these responses for other communities.  A qualitative research protocol is also being developed in order to faciliate additional data collection and research on these themes.

(Photo: A flood-damaged and new bridge in Uganda, source – Nikhil Advani)

Malawi FCFA pilot case study undertaken by Kulima and the University of Leeds is released

FCFAKulima and the University of Leeds undertook one of four pilot case studies to inform the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme. Using the example of Malawi, the aim was to look at the actual and potential use of weather and climate information in planning decisions. Interim outputs from the project included a review of existing weather and climate information. The final report was compiled following a series of in-country stakeholder consultations and a workshop based on simulating planning decisions through the use of serious games. The final report and policy brief of the case study have just been released by the coordinators of the FCFA pilot programme, as well as a synthesis report and brief that build on the collective discussions of all the pilot case study teams at a workshop in Cape Town in October.

Kulima directors attend African Risk Capacity climate insurance inception meeting

fisherman heading homeDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are in Johannesburg today for the inception meeting of a new project with the AU specialist agency the African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Ltd.  In partnership with the Frankfurt School (UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance), and with funding from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, the nine month project will work in seven African countries to assess the current state of adaptation planning (and adaptation planning good practice guidelines) and climate finance absorption capacity. This will inform preparation for the new Extreme Climate Facility (XCF), which is intended to support national level adaptation and disaster risk planning.

Kulima directors in Addis Ababa to identify agricultural adaptation best practices

workshop discussionsDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are in Addis Ababa this week to meet with national experts from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Togo and Zambia. Agricultural adaptations have been assessed in these five countries and South Africa for a variety of different commodity types and farming systems. The project, managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry, is part of the GIZ support to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, and will provide an outline of agricultural adaptation best practices based on the empirical findings. This meeting will compare findings to date and allow identification of best practices that apply in a variety of farming types and country contexts.

Kulima supports drafting of Climate Change Plan of Action for the Health Sector in Mozambique

workshop presentation-MaputoDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have been working with the Ministerio da Saude (Ministry of Health) to finalise a Climate Change Plan of Action for the Health Sector in Mozambique. The plan builds on a recent workshop attended by national and provincial level health representatives to identify actions and priority activities for the five year period from 2015-2019. That workshop was informed by a report summarising recommendations from two sources: a World Bank report into health sector priorities in Mozambique; and an earlier report resulting from CDKN-funded research undertaken by Kulima, in collaboration with the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and CSIR, into climate change, health, agriculture and disasters in the country.

Kulima director presents at 2014 CAADP Africa Forum

farmingMs Tracy Cull is in Johannesburg today to make a presentation at the 2014 CAADP Africa Forum, which has the theme of family farming. The presentation will be in the session on climate-smart agriculture and will highlight preliminary emerging findings from the project managed by Kulima and UNIQUE Landuse and Forestry that seeks to identify agricultural adaptation best practices on behalf of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme. Adapations in different farming and commodity types have been investigated in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, South Africa, Togo and Zambia. Looking at different commodity types and farming practices, and the enabling environment required for adaptations, will lead to the production of a report on six overall best practices in early 2015.

 

Kulima director in Windhoek for vulnerability and adaptation assessment of Namibia’s Third National Communication

WindhoekMs Tracy Cull is in Windhoek this week for the third workshop of the task team compiling the vulnerability and adaptation assessment of Namibia's Third National Communication to the UNFCCC. The purpose of the workshop is to consolidate the vulnerability assessment through choosing indicators and identify the extent of existing adaptation. This follows from previous workshops to discuss the intended content and structure of the chapter in March; and to highlight the broad nature of vulnerabilities in four priority sectors (water, health, tourism and agriculture) in July. Kulima and national partner, the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, have been providing technical backstopping and capacity building to a multi-stakeholder task team of Namibian academics and practitioners who are leading the assessment.

Kulima directors present at Africa Climate and Development Initiative seminar

Malawi gameboardToday Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull presented the finding of their Future Climate for Africa Malawi pilot case study findings at the Africa Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town. In the seminar they highlighted findings on the use of weather and climate information in medium term (5-40 year) decision-making in Malawi, and reflected on the methodology of national level workshops (reported elsewhere in a blog for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network).  Their presentation was followed by Dr Chris Jack from the Climate Systems Analyis Group, who compared and contrasted the co-exploration approach taken by their pilot case study, which compared the coastal cities of Accra (Ghana) and Maputo (Mozambique).

Kulima directors in Cape Town for FCFA synthesis workshop

workshop photoDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are currently in Cape Town for the synthesis workshop of the Future Climate for Africa pilot case studies. The workshop brings together representatives of the teams that worked in Ghana and Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia to highlight common emerging understanding on the current use of weather and climate information in policy-making and planning, and the potential barriers to, and opportunities for, improving climate services in decision-making. Katharine and Tracy will be representing their experiences from the Malawi pilot case study, which was based on in-country stakeholder consultations and a workshop undertaken in partnership with the University of Leeds. The findings are intended to inform the proposals for the full Future Climate for Africa programme, which are currently under development by 9 shortlisted consortia.