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“Climate Risk in Africa. Adaptation and Resilience” New edited book with inputs from Kulima

An edited volume "Climate Risk in Africa. Adaptation and Resilience" has just been released, documenting the experiences across the Future Climate For Africa programme. The book, co-edited by Declan Conway and Katharine Vincent, explains how adaptation is a learning process that requires the bringing together of lots of people with different knowledge and experiences. It showcases various ways in which scientists partnered and worked with decision-makers – through co-production, transdisciplinary partnerships and multi-stakeholder engagement processes – to generate decision-relevant climate information to enable effective adaptation to climate change. Case studies cover a range of African countries, including Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya and Burkina Faso, and sectors from agriculture to water to urban planning.

Kulima supports GCVCA fieldwork in Angoche

leaky bucket-smallFollowing Kulima's training of staff in the new gender-sensitive Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (GCVCA) methodology in August 2013, and then the facilitating of 2 planning workshops last month to design and prepare for the participatory research assessment, Dr Katharine Vincent is currently in Angoche to support the teams and provide technical backstopping as they undertake thir fieldwork for their GCVCAs as part of the BMZ-funded prroject on Engendering Disaster Risk Reduction.  In-keeping with CARE's other activities in Angoche, the assessments have been designed to provide inputs to ongoing programmes, namely CARE's Adaptation Learning Programme and the CARE-WWF Alliance 'Primeiras e Segundas' on conservation and development.

Kulima supports GCVCA fieldwork in Maxixe

MaxixeFollowing Kulima's training of staff in the new gender-sensitive Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (GCVCA) methodology in August 2013, and then the facilitating of a planning workshop to design and prepare for the participatory research assessment in December 2013, Dr Katharine Vincent is currently in Maxixe to support the team and provide technical backstopping as they undertake their fieldwork for their GCVCA as part of the BMZ-funded project on Engendering Disaster Risk Reduction.  In-keeping with CARE's other activities in Maxixe, the assessment has been designed to provide inputs to the future implementation of existing programming around Early Child Development and sanitation and hygiene to ensure that implemented projects support gender equality and use appropriate gender-sensitive processes in order to reduce vulnerability for both men and women.

Ms Tracy Cull participates in an expert panel on gender and climate finance at the CIF Partnership Forum in Istanbul

CIF Partnership ForumMs Tracy Cull has been invited to be a guest speaker at a panel on “Innovations in Engendering Climate Finance”, taking place on 6th November at the Climate Investment Funds Partnership Forum in Istanbul, Turkey.  The CIF Partnership Forum is an opportunity for sharing experiences and good practices in the implementation of all CIF programmes (on clean technology, forest investments, climate resilience and scaling up renewable energy in low income countries).  The purpose of the panel discussion is to share and discuss experiences in mainstreaming gender at the operational level and to provide CIF teams and country partners with tools, resources and emerging practices for mainstreaming gender in their operations.

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.

Kulima and CSIR plan training in use of weather and climate information for decision-making in the SADC region

Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull met this week with colleagues from CSIR as part of the USAID-funded project on Climate Risk and Vulnerability in Southern Africa.  The project, implemented by Kulima and CSIR, aims to build the capacity of decision-makers across the SADC region to use weather and climate information in their decision-making.  Needs assessment visits have now been undertaken in Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and the purpose of the meeting was to plan the structure of each customised training course, all of which are due to take place in September and October 2011.  The training courses will draw on the innovative downscaled climate change projections for the SADC region outlined in Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa (also produced as part of the project).

Kulima contributes to the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas spatial data portal

Kulima is contributing information on the human dimensions of weather and climate to the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas spatial data portal.  The portal is designed to complement the hard copy atlas, and provides spatial data arranged around several themes: agriculture, biodiversity, coasts and oceans, environmental health, water, human settlements, emissions and air quality, and weather and climate.  The weather and climate theme page contains weather and climate data (provided by CSIR), including the latest seasonal forecasts and climate change projections, together with examples of how South Africans use weather and climate information to inform their decision-making (provided by Kulima).  A recent summary of the theme page was published in the SARVA newsletter.