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Fourth Africa Climate Resilience Investment Summit 2019: Virtual presentations

06 March 2019 // Cities, Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science, Extreme weather, Knowledge creation and management, Livelihoods

The following video presentations were recorded for the Fourth Africa Climate Resilience Investment Summit (ACRIS IV) hosted at the Sandton Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, from 05th - 07th March 2019.

Final meeting showcases UMFULA's compelling 4-year research

26 February 2019 // Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science

As the Future Climate For Africa Program enters the final year of its research, it serves as an opportune time to look back and reflect on what has been achieved. This was no different for the team of researchers who attended the final UMFULA meeting, after 4 years of compelling research. The meeting was held from the 19th - 21st November on the shores of Tanzania’s coastline.

Conflict Resolution: a climate adaptation in East Africa?

13 February 2019 // Climate adaptation, Extreme weather, Livelihoods

One of the toughest questions that climate scientists are hoping to answer for East Africa, is what will happen with the region’s tropical rainfall patterns and what that will mean for its two wet seasons. The most up-to-date findings draw together the results of 40 different climate models, giving policy makers in the region something of a roadmap which can help them plan towards a future where drought and flood events will become more extreme and less predictable.

Embracing the uncomfortable silences in climate information exchange

24 January 2019 // Cities, Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science, Knowledge creation and management, Water

When climate and social science researchers sat down with a roomful of city managers and technicians in the Namibian capital of Windhoek in August 2018, someone from the city’s wastewater treatment plant threw them a curve-ball: what, she asked, are the projections for when water temperatures in the city might climb beyond a certain point?

What if applied research projects required a carbon budget, alongside a financial one?

21 December 2018 // Climate adaptation, Knowledge creation and management

In our capitalist world, financial dimensions are often at least implicit in our decisions.  We are accustomed to designing our projects within an allocated budget, ensuring that we are able to maximise value for money by ensuring optimal effectiveness and efficiency of resources.

Lessons I took away from my first Adaptation Futures Conference

13 December 2018 // Cities, Climate adaptation, Knowledge creation and management, Water

In June 2018 around 1300 scientists, practitioners, community members and policy makers from all over the world gathered in Cape Town for a dialogue on adaptation solutions. I was among this group, participating in my first Adaptation Futures conference.

How can we effectively build capacity in Malawi to adapt to climate change?

11 April 2018 // Climate adaptation, Climate science, Knowledge creation and management

This blog examines the most effective types, methodologies and designs of training in order to build capacity to adapt to climate change in Malawi.

Crop breeding is not keeping pace with climate change

04 July 2016 // Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science, Climate smart infrastructure

Crop yields will fall within the next decade due to climate change unless immediate action is taken to speed up the introduction of new and improved varieties, experts have warned.

Event video now available: Adapting Rwanda's economy to a changing climate

28 April 2016 // Agriculture, Climate adaptation, Extreme weather, Livelihoods

CDKN and Future Climate for Africa hosted the public event Adapting Rwanda's economy to a changing climate at the Overseas Development Institute on 20th May 2016.

Floods, drought are backdrop for Central and Southern Africa research launch

25 November 2015 // Agriculture, Climate adaptation, Climate information, Energy, Knowledge creation and management, Water

The 'UMFULA' initiative - which means 'river' in Zulu - kicks off its initial research work and engagement with stakeholders. It will involve demonstration projects on the use of climate information in Malawi and Tanzania.