Monthly Archives: August 2012

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.

Kulima trains WWF staff to undertake Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments

Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are currently in Lamu, Kenya, where they are training WWF staff to undertake Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments.  WWF manages the East Africa Conservation Network Initiative, which comprises 9 seascape/landscapes.  As part of its commitment to adaptation, WWF will be undertaking Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments in a number of its seascape/landscapes, including Lamu.  On completion of the training, Katharine and Tracy will provide on-site mentoring for the start of the participatory exercises in the community, and then provide off-site support in the analysis and writing up of the findings.

Kulima participates in SARVA portal theme convenors meeting in Cape Town

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town for the quarterly SARVA portal theme convenors meeting.  The SARVA portal is an electronic spatial data poertal designed to accompany the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas.  Kulima contributes information on the use of weather and climate information to the Weather and Climate Theme.  The portal is currently undergoing structural revisions in order to make it more accessible to a variety of end-users.

IPCC announces call for applications for the second round of its scholarship programme

The IPCC Scholarship Programme has announced a call for applications for its second round. The aim of the IPCC Scholarship Programme is to build capacity in the understanding and management of climate change in developing countries through providing opportunities for young scientists from developing countries to undertake studies that would not be possible without the intervention of the Fund. Applications from students from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) researching topics with the fields of study chosen for the call (socio-economic modelling related to climate change, underlying science of climate change, climate change and water) for applications are given priority. Applications for the 2013-2014 academic year are due by 30 September, and should be submitted online.