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Kulima paper on gender implications of the Paris Agreement to be presented in Marrakech

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Kulima has written an analysis paper and related briefing note on the gender implications of the Paris Agreement. The paper outlines how inclusion of gender issues has evolved through the UNFCCC international policy process, and then highlights “missed opportunities” for gender inclusion within the language of the major articles of the Paris Agreement text, and their implications. The paper has been produced for the African Working Group on Gender and Climate Change, with the support of IDRC. It was requested by the Women and Gender Programme on Climate Change, which falls under the auspices of the Committee of African Heads of State and Governments on Climate Change (CAHOSCC). The paper will form part of a presentation at a side event at COP 22 on 9th November, and subsequently to develop a strategic framework for action.

Kulima director presents at UNFCCC Adaptation Forum 2016

Adaptation ForumDr Katharine Vincent participated in the UNFCCC Adaptation Forum, held alongside the 2016 Adaptation Futures conference in Rotterdam. The theme of the forum was "Adaptation under the UNFCCC after the Paris Agreement". The purpose was to inform participants of the adaptation aspects of the Paris Agreement, and for the Adaptation Committee to receive inputs from participants on methods to monitor adaptation with respect to the agreement. Katharine gave a presentation entitled "What can be done to effectively and efficiently recognize the adaptation efforts that have been undertaken by developing countries?" The entire session of presentations and discussion is available to view here.

 

Kulima director attending Adaptation Futures conference in Rotterdam

adaptation futuresDr Katharine Vincent is in Rotterdam this week to participate in the Adaptation Futures conference. She will be presenting two papers.  One, entitled "Critical reflections on a co-production science-policy process: A case study from Malawi" will be in session SC 8.6 "Participatory processes and co-production of adaptation knowledge" on Tuesday 10th May from 1545-1730. This paper, co-authored with Professors Lindsay Stringer and Andy Dougill, as well as Tracy Cull and Diana Mataya, reports experiences to date with the FCFA pilot case study in Malawi and the current UMFULA project. The other, entitled "What can be done to effectively and efficiently recognize the adaptation efforts that have been undertaken by developing countries?" will be in session RT10 "Adaptation Forum" on Thursday 12th May from 1345-1530. It will outline potential methods to monitor adaptation efforts to inform the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee with respect to the Paris Agreement.

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 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 Windhoek to discuss vulnerability and adaptation for the Third National Communication to the UNFCCC

SossusvleiMs Tracy Cull is currently in Windhoek to discuss the intended content and structure of the vulnerability and adaptation section of Namibia's forthcoming Third National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Kulima is partnering with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia on the section, which will be driven by a multi-stakeholder steering group of Namibian academics and practitioners.  The purpose of this week is to finalise the priority sectors on which vulnerability and adaptation assessments will take place, and to identify training and capacity building needs amongst steering group members and other stakeholders so that they are able to drive the process.

Kulima directors publish paper on indicators and loss and damage in Geography Compass

Geography CompassA paper by Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull has been published in the January 2014 edition of the online Wiley journal, Geography Compass.  Using indicators to assess climate change vulnerabilities: Are there lessons to learn for emerging loss and damage debates? investigates whether there is a role to play for the growing and evolving literature on vulnerability indicators to assess the risk of loss and damage, which has become one of the pressing debates within the international policy framework around climate change.

Adaptation Perspectives published with paper from Kulima

UNEP Risoe Centre has just released “Technologies for Adaptation: Perspectives and Practical Experiences” as part of its Technology Transfer Perspectives Series.  Dr Katharine Vincent, Ms Tracy Cull and Dr Alec Joubert contributed a paper entitled “Technology needs for adaptation in southern Africa: Does operationalisation of the UNFCCC and associated finance mechanisms prioritise hardware over software and orgware?”  This draws on Kulima’s experience in South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland, and argues that the UNFCCC and adaptation finance mechanisms inadvertently favour hardware (concrete infrastructure) over software (“soft skills” required to make behavioural and socio-cultural changes) and orgware (the institutional set-up and coordination mechanisms required to support the implementation of hardware and software).

Kulima presents on adaptation at NBI business event

Dr Katharine Vincent was a member of the expert panel and presented on adaptation at a National Business Initiative business seminar held today in Johannesburg.  The event, organised as part of the preparation for COP-17, with support from the British High Commission and AngloGold Ashanti, had the theme “Adaptation: Building resilience and exploring opportunities in the face of climate change risks”.  Dr Sylvester Mpandeli of the Department of Environmental Affairs was the keynote speaker, presenting South Africa’s position on adaptation and the latest status of UNFCCC negotiations, based on last week’s meeting in Panama City.  In addition to Katharine, the expert panel comprised Mandy Rambharos from Eskom, and Justin Smith from Woolworths.

Deutsche Bank’s Carbon Counter

When it comes to motivation to act to address global issues, the fact that it is hard to discern the consequences of your individual impact relative to that of the other 6.9999 billion people on the planet is often a powerful disincentive.  Climate change, like many other environmental problems, is one such issue: we all know that we should try and reduce our carbon footprint, but what difference can one person make?  In fact, this very argument (applied at country level) partly explains the difficulty of the international negotiations (under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) to address climate change at the global level.  When the USA withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol, they cited the reason that they did not see why they should reduce emissions when emerging developing economies such as India and China had no obligation to do so.

Deutsche Bank have come up with a powerful tool that reminds us all of how our actions are changing the atmospheric composition.  Since seeing their Carbon Counter, displayed in New York, and the rapid rate of increase of greenhouse gases, we have all felt a more direct sense of responsibility which translates into empowerment to act.

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