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Kulima investigating science-policy communication pathways with CSAG

Panama workshopDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are working with the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town to investigate science-policy communication pathways as part of the project "Integrated Climate Change Modelling and Policy Linkages for Adaptive Planning". The aim of this project is to bridge the knowledge gap between scientists who predict climate and hydrological futures, and policy-makers and planners who need to use this information. The second phase of the project is investigating experiences in Latin and Central America and Asia by interviewing the teams that undertook projects through the IDRC-funded Climate Change and Water programme. The interviews build on a workshop held in Panama City in October 2015 with the theme "Advancing the application of climate and hydrological information and its translation into policy".

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 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 Abidjan to present climate mainstreaming guidelines to AFDB

AFDB AbidjanDr Katharine Vincent is in Abidjan this week to present climate mainstreaming guidelines to the African Development Bank. Following the decision to screen all potential bank-funded projects for climate risks, the guidelines have been developed specifically for the water and sanitation sector to enable task managers to design climate-resilient projects that pass the screening process. In addition to climate-proofing investments, in order to also encourage the inclusion of upstream and downstream adaptation measures, the guideline contains information on climate finance sources that are available to cover costs of supplementary elements.

ADAPT-PLAN project document for Malawi submitted to Global Environment Facility

CPC SalimaThe ADAPT-PLAN project document for Malawi has been submitted to the Global Environment Facility in application for Least Developed Countries Fund monies. ADAPT-PLAN integrates adaptation into development planning through establishing an institutional structure that incentivises the incorporation of adaptive activities in district level planning (using three pilot districts) and within national level planning in the agriculture, water and forestry sectors. The project was initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management as part of its implementation of the forthcoming climate change policy, and is facilitated by UNDP, who led the production of the project document with technical inputs from Kulima Integrated Development Solutions.

Kulima works with African Development Bank to develop an adaptation project in Uganda

Dr Katharine Vincent is currently in Kampala to undertake preliminary meetings with stakeholders to define an adaptation project concept for submission to the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries Fund. ¬†Addressing priorities identified in Uganda’s National Adaptation Programme of Action, the project will likely have components relating to the water, agriculture and health sectors. ¬†Meetings will be held with the Climate Change Unit in the Ministry of Water and Environment, other relevant government representatives, development partners and civil society organisations.