Monthly Archives: October 2014

Kulima director in Mozambique to develop Climate Change Plan of Action for the Health Sector

Mozambique workshopDr Katharine Vincent is in Maputo this week to faciltate a workshop attended by national and provincial level health representatives. In partnership with the Ministerio da Saude (Ministry of Health), the aim of the workshop is to develop a Climate Change Plan for Action for the Health Sector, as part of the sectoral implementation plan of Mozambique's National Climate Change Strategy. The Action Plan is intended to build on insights from a report resulting from earlier CDKN research undertaken by Kulima, in collaboration with Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and CSIR, into climate change, health, agriculture and disasters in Mozambique.


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.

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. 

Kulima director in Zambia for PPCR training project

Zambia classroomDr Katharine Vincent is in Lusaka this week for the inception phase of a training project as part of the second phase of Zambia's Pilot Program for Climate Resilience. The first phase of PPCR focused on the development of a Strategic Program for Climate Resilience, and mainstreaming climate resilience into national level policies and strategies. The second phase of PPCR extends this to mainstreaming climate resilience into local level policies and strategies, and supporting participatory adaptation and canal clearing in the flood-prone Barotse sub-basin of Western Province. In conjunction with a local consultant, Katharine will be training a group of pre-selected Climate Adaptation and Resilience Facilitators, who will then spearhead the process of mainstreaming climate resilience into district Integrated Development Plans and enable tangible adaptation activities within selected communities and wards.