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New report-Enabling climate science use to better support resilience and adaptation practice-with inputs from Kulima

A new report – Enabling climate science use to better support resilience and adaptation practice. Rapid evidence assessment for the CLARE programme – has been released. The report was commissioned as part of a series of scoping reports to inform the design of DFID's forthcoming Climate and Resilience Framework (CLARE) programme, and written by a team convened by LTS International, including Kulima director, Katharine Vincent. The rapid evidence scan aimed to answer the question "Within the process of enabling climate science to better support resilience and adaptation practice and achieve internationally agreed commitments, what is working and what is missing in its use, and which people and institutions are key contributors in this field?” It finds differences in timeframes of consideration of weather and climate information, and an ongoing persistent communication gap that impedes effective use in decision-making.

Kulima providing inputs to DECCMA’s research-into-use strategy

policymakersDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are providing inputs to DECCMA's research-into-use strategy. As a project of the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme, ensuring practical applicability of research findings is of great importance. Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) has recognised this in one of its two main aims, which is "To deliver policy support to create the conditions for sustainable, gender-sensitive, adaptation". As a boundary organisation that typically works at the interface between science/academic research and practitioners/policy-makers, Kulima is well placed to provide inputs on how DECCMA can best meet this aim.

Paper in Nature Climate Change points to need for boundary organisations

In a paper in Nature Climate Change published on 29 March 2011, Nick Pidgeon and Baruch Fischhoff make a compelling case for a more co-ordinated and integrated approach to communicating climate science.  Recognising the challenge that climate scientists face in explaining the risks and uncertainties surrounding potential climate change,  they suggest that “boundary organisations” are needed to bridge the gap between climate scientists and communication experts.

Kulima has also recognised this gap based on many years of experience working in the field of climate change in southern Africa.  Many of our current projects are based on us filling the role of a boundary organisation, working to translate scientific information, which we understand, into language that suits the needs of various end-user groups (policy-makers, decision-makers, the private sector) with whom we have experience of working.