Monthly Archives: March 2014

IPCC Working Group 2 releases its contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report

IPCC plenary 38Following plenary approval by the government members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Yokohama last week, Working Group 2 has released its contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report.  The Summary for Policymakers, and the underlying scientific and technical assessment, are now available. The report shows that effects of climate change are being felt worldwide and that more needs to be done to reduce risk if we are to avoid future negative consequences. Dr Katharine Vincent was a Lead Author on the Rural Areas chapter and the Technical Summary, and a Contributing Author to the Africa chapter, and Ms Tracy Cull was a Contributing Author to the Rural Areas chapter.

(Photo: P. Tschakert)

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 contributing to CARIAA-funded project on migration in deltas as adaptation to climate change

CARIAA logoKulima is proud to be part of one of the four consortia announced this week as successful under the IDRC– and DFID-funded Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). CARIAA aims to improve the resilience of poor people to climate change in particular "hot spot" environments, namely semi-arid regions, glacier and snow pack-dependent river basins, and deltas. Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration as an Adaptation (DECCMA) is led by the University of Southampton (UK), Institute of Water and Flood Management at Bangadesh University of Technology and Engineering, Jadavpur University (India), National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Studies (Egypt) and the University of Ghana. Kulima will be integrating a gender perspective into the research agenda and policy engagement process, and developing adaptation funding proposals based on empirical project findings.