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UMFULA project produces country brief “How can we improve the use of information for a climate-resilient Malawi?” with inputs from Kulima

The UMFULA project under the Future Climate For Africa programme has summarised the findings of its research in Malawi into a country brief (How can we improve the use of information for a climate-resilient Malawi?), aimed to inform decision-makers on how climate infromation can be used to build a resilient Malawi. Malawi’s geographical location, between the east and southern African climate systems, means that future climate (particularly rainfall) is challenging to predict accurately – although there are areas of agreement in climate models, notably higher temperatures and higher likelihood of extreme weather events. Given future uncertainty, it is important to design robust management options that work across the plausible range of future climate conditions. This is especially the case for large investments with long life-times, significant impacts and irreversibility, such as water-related infrastructure (e.g. hydropower or irrigation) and agricultural investments in crop-breeding. The recently-finalised National Resilience Strategy provides a policy framework to enable this, but there is also a need for coherence between sectoral policies (for example relating to agriculture, irrigation, water and energy), which requires a more supportive institutional environment for sustainable and resilient decision-making.

Kulima director in Panama to co-facilitate workshop on improved science-policy communication

Panama workshopDr Katharine Vincent is in Panama City this week to co-facilitate a workshop on improved science-policy communication. The workshop is the second one to take place under the IDRC-funded project "Integrated Climate Change Modelling and Policy Linkages for Adaptive Planning", implemented by the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape TownThe 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 first workshop was technically-oriented, whilst this one brings together water and climate scientists and policy-makers from a variety of Asian and Central and South American countries under the theme "Advancing the application of climate and hydrological information and its translation into policy". The aim is to enhance learning pathways for integrating climate information (current trends and future projections) into water resources management.