Tag Archives: science-policy

Kulima and University of Exeter commence a new project on “Responding to sea-level rise and storm events: A proposed framework for developing coastline adaptation strategies in southern Africa”

Dr Katharine Vincent is in Durban this week for the launch workshop of a new project "Responding to sea-level rise and storm events: A proposed framework for developing coastline adaptation strategies in southern Africa". The project is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund and led by the University of Exeter, in partnership with Kulima, the University of KwaZulu Natal, University of the WitwatersrandEduardo Mondlane University and ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability-Africa). Over the next 6 months, the project will bring together a network of cross-disciplinary researchers, practitioners, stakeholders and policy makers to co-design a new framework for developing effective coastline adaptation strategies in southern Africa.

New release “A guide to effective collaboration and learning in consortia” with inputs from Kulima

The BRACED programme, in partnership with Future Climate For Africa, CARIAA, PLACARD, Partners for Resilience and SHEAR, has just released A guide to effective collaboration and learning in consortia. Building resilience to rising climate risks, written by Bettina Koelle, Lucia Scodanibbio, Katharine Vincent, Blane Harvey, Maarten van Aalst, Sophie Rigg, Nicola Ward and Margot Curl. Reflecting their experiences in the partner programmes and beyond, the guide outlines 8 principles to build effective transdisciplinary collaborations, highlighting the roles for different parties at different stages throughout the intended lifespan of the collaboration. The guide is illustrated with vignettes, examples, and checklists.

CSAG and Kulima publish blog on Communities of Practice

COPsThe Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions have published a blog on communities of practice. The project "Integrated Climate Change Modelling and Policy Linkages for Adaptive Planning" looked at certain projects within the IDRC-funded Climate Change and Water programme. As part of the aim to bridge the knowledge gap between scientists and policy-makers and planners, the blog investigates the circumstances under which communities of practice arise and, in particular, how donors might be able to support their development.

Source: CSAG

 

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.

Kulima investigating science-policy communication pathways with CSAG

Panama workshopDr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull are working with the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town to investigate science-policy communication pathways as part of the project "Integrated Climate Change Modelling and Policy Linkages for Adaptive Planning". The 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 second phase of the project is investigating experiences in Latin and Central America and Asia by interviewing the teams that undertook projects through the IDRC-funded Climate Change and Water programme. The interviews build on a workshop held in Panama City in October 2015 with the theme "Advancing the application of climate and hydrological information and its translation into policy".

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.