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Adaptation Perspectives published with paper from Kulima

UNEP Risoe Centre has just released “Technologies for Adaptation: Perspectives and Practical Experiences” as part of its Technology Transfer Perspectives Series.  Dr Katharine Vincent, Ms Tracy Cull and Dr Alec Joubert contributed a paper entitled “Technology needs for adaptation in southern Africa: Does operationalisation of the UNFCCC and associated finance mechanisms prioritise hardware over software and orgware?”  This draws on Kulima’s experience in South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland, and argues that the UNFCCC and adaptation finance mechanisms inadvertently favour hardware (concrete infrastructure) over software (“soft skills” required to make behavioural and socio-cultural changes) and orgware (the institutional set-up and coordination mechanisms required to support the implementation of hardware and software).

Fourth run of the Wits Introduction to Vulnerability Risk Assessment completed

Dr Katharine Vincent and Ms Tracy Cull have just completed the fourth rollout of the University of the Witwatersrand’s short professional training course on Introduction to Vulnerability Risk Assessment in Johannesburg.  The National Qualifications Foundation (NQF) Level 5-rated course was attended by over 20 vulnerability assessment professionals from various national and local government departments in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana, and Tanzania.  Dr Alec Joubert made a guest presentation on the interpretation of seasonal forecasts and their use in disaster risk reduction.  Course evaluations praised the interactive nature of the course, and the quality of training material and presentations.  The course is next due to run on 11-15th April 2011, and more information is available on the Wits Enterprise website.