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Kulima director participated in Living Deltas annual meeting and presented on gender and adaptation at an international seminar on global environmental challenges

Dr Katharine Vincent was in Kolkata last week, with 3 purposes. First, she participated in the annual meeting of the Living Deltas UKRI-GRCF Research Hub, on which she sits on the advisory board. Second, she delivered a presentation on gender and adaptation at an international seminar on global environmental challenges at the Women's Christian College. Third, she visited the Sundarbans delta with DECCMA colleagues from Jadavpur University to finetune how to most effectively apply research findings to support women's adaptation to climate change.

Kulima director participating in Africa’s first Wikipedia edit-a-thon on climate change

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week to participate in Africa's first Wikipedia edit-a-thon on climate change. Hosted by CDKN and Future Climate For Africa, the event will bring together researchers from across the African continent who have been involved in a number of major research programmes so that they can update and create new pages to reflect their findings. With an average of 16 billion page views a month, Wikipedia is a common port-of-call for laypeople, and thus using the platform to communicate research findings can improve impact and also help to ensure quality and robustness of information. As she is involved in two major Africa-focused research programmes, Future Climate For Africa and Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, Katharine's role will be to synthesise findings from across the participants into some of the broader thematic topics.

Kulima participating in CDKN Knowledge Accelerator lab with DECCMA Ghana team

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week, participating in a CDKN Knowledge Accelerator lab with the DECCMA Ghana team. The Knowledge Accelerator lab forms part of an initiative of CDKN to move "from knowledge to action" in selected African countries. Building on findings from 4.5 years of research on climate change, migration and adaptation in the Volta delta, the DECCMA Ghana team, led by the University of Ghana, submitted a project concept under the call on empowering women and transforming gender relations in the Volta delta, Ghana. The lab will provide the opportunity to further develop the concept into a proposal that supports a transition to gender-responsive adaptation in the delta. Katharine is a member of the multi-stakeholder team, which comprises researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.

DECCMA releases a summary of its key findings on climate change, migration and adaptation

As it nears the end of its 4.5 year lifespan, the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project has released a summary of its key findings on climate change, migration and adaptation. Deltas are home to 500 million people worldwide and play a key role in the economies of countries. Climate change exacerbates environmental change due to sea level rise, salinisation, flooding and coastal erosion, and different levels of social vulnerability create different risk profiles (including for men and women). Migration has long been evident in deltas (primarily from rural areas to urban areas) but environmental change alters the context in which migration decisions are taken, particularly when environmental factors reduce the ability to earn a living. As mobile environments, adaptation has always occurred, but more is likely to be required in the future. The publication also outlines some of DECCMA policy impacts building achievements. Kulima's role in DECCMA has been to ensure integration of gender, champion research impact activities, and contribute to adaptation research.

Kulima participating at Adaptation Futures 2018 in Cape Town

Kulima will be participating in several sessions at Adaptation Futures 2018 in Cape Town this week.

On Tuesday 19th June, Dr Katharine Vincent will be a panellist during S55 "What do the intersections between resilience and wellbeing offer development practice?" in parallel session 3 from 1130-1315 (room 2.61); and then will present a paper on "A framework for measuring adaptation to climate change" in S310 on "M&E: frameworks and case studies" in parallel session 5 from 1630-1815 (room 2.64). During the same parallel, Dorothy Tembo Nhlema A337 will present a paper "Participatory Scenario Planning for Creating Useful and Use-able Weather and Climate Information: A Case Study from Malawi" in S124 "Using and evaluating participatory scenario tools for adaptation" (room 2.41).

On Tuesday 19th June, Diana Chanika Mataya will present a poster "How can we effectively build capacity to adapt to climate change?"

On Wednesday 20th June, Dr Katharine Vincent will present three papers. The first is " Gendered adaptation in deltas: Who decides, who benefits, and who loses?" in S64 on "What enables adaptation of women in climate hotspots?" in parallel session 6 from 0915-1100 (room 1.63). The second is " The process of developing adaptation policy trajectories in the DECCMA project" in S200 "Evidence-based guiding principles for developing adaptation pathways in the context of development" in parallel session 7 from 1415-1600 (room 2.41). The third is "Changing attitudes and behaviours among members of a consortium" in S195 "Research for Impact: Dynamic approaches, experiences and lessons on research uptake" in parallel session 8 from 1630-1815 (room 1.42).

On Thursday 21st June, Dr Katharine Vincent will chair D56 "Engaging small and medium-sized enterprises in building resilience to climate change – lessons from the Global South" in parallel session 9 from 0915-1100 (room 1.64). She will then present " Documenting observed adaptations in deltaic Ghana, India and Bangladesh" in S27 "Adaptation practice and experience in deltas in the global south" in parallel session 11 from 1630-1815 (room 1.64).

Kulima director invited to take part in ASSAR project MOOC planning workshop

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week, participating in a workshop hosted by a project in the CARIAA programme, Adaptation to Climate Change in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASSAR). As a legacy of its learnings on ensuring research impact and research informing policy and practice, ASSAR Researh-into-Use partner, Oxfam, is leading the development of a Massive Open Online Course. Katharine will share insights from the Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) project.  

Kulima director in Dubai for meeting of the CARIAA research-into-use group

Dr Katharine Vincent is continuing the week in Dubai with a meeting of the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia programme research-into-use group. The meeting is attended by research impact and communications experts from the four CARIAA programmes that are investigating adaptation in different hotspots: HI-AWARE (snowpack river basins), ASSAR(semi-arid regions), PRISE (semi-arid economies) and DECCMA (deltas). The purpose is to develop impact-focused outputs that synthesis findings of the CARIAA programme on key themes. Katharine will be coordinating an output summarising migration findings from across Africa and Asia.

Kulima director participating in CARIAA workshop on “stories of change” M&E method

CARIAA workshopDr Katharine Vincent is currently in Addis Ababa to participate in a workshop under the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) programme. One of the core aims of CARIAA is to promote uptake of adaptation research by stakeholders in policy and practice, and so it is essential to monitor and evaluate the progress towards this. DECCMA and the three other projects within CARIAA are meeting, under the leadership of Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR). The purpose is to develop a methodology to identify, understand, describe and document the change that is resulting from CARIAA research, capacity building and stakeholder engagement activities. The specific focus is on "stories of change" and how to build an innovative and participatory element into identifying, tracking and documenting stories of change on adaptation within the CARIAA projects.