Upcoming webinar: An Embedded Researcher approach to integrate climate information into decision-making in southern African cities: lessons from FRACTAL
Building the climate resilience of African cities fits squarely within the category of complex problems that may benefit from taking a transdisciplinary approach to co-producing actionable knowledge between multiple actors and disciplines. Yet one of the key challenges in implementing a transdisciplinary approach is building enough trust, familiarity and understanding across various boundaries to engage in meaningful co-production.
When you search for “climate change adaptation” in Google, the Wikipedia page on the topic appears in the top 3 search results. Wikipedia ranks the importance of the page “high”, namely that it is about “well-known issues”. However, when your browser opens the page, the first thing the viewer sees is an alert box highlighting that the article has issues. In terms of quality and completeness, the page is rated “C”, meaning that “considerable editing is needed to close gaps in information”.
Last week, a diverse group of 30 African researchers gathered in Cape Town to attend the first Wikipedia edit-a-thon held on climate change in Africa, co-hosted by CDKN, the Future Climate for Africa programme and Wikimedia South Africa. CDKN and FCFA are managed by South Africa-based NGO SouthSouthNorth. The researchers travelled from East, West, and Southern Africa and represented 10 countries: Ghana, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The African Climate Risks Conference is an exciting opportunity for sharing the latest climate research on African climate among researchers, and with policy makers, practitioners and development partners. The goal is to ensure the improved flow of knowledge and interactions among stakeholders toward greater impact and legacy of completed and on-going African climate research and adaptation initiatives.
Insight for better communicating climate change exchanged between journalists and scientists at training workshop in Tanzania
Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) supported BBC Media Action, and the Network of Climate Journalists of the Greater Horn of Africa (NECJOGHA) in a training workshop from 1 - 5 July, in Tanga, Tanzania. It brought together journalists and climate scientists with the aim of creating a two-way knowledge exchange on better communicating climate change in the media.
Welcome to the June 2019 edition of the Future Climate for Africa newsletter
Meaningful exchanges between decision-makers and researchers on East African Climate at the HyCRISTAL annual meeting
From the 21st to 22nd May 2019 HyCRISTAL hosted its research into policy meeting in Kampala, Uganda. The two-day meeting provided a platform for exchanges to take place between climate scientists, climate researchers and decision-makers on the topic of climate change in East Africa drawing from the extensive research that has been undertaken by HyCRISTAL within the Future Climate for Africa program.
Future Climate for Africa is partnering with the Climate and Development Knowledge Network to host the first Wikipedia edit-a-thon on climate change in Africa. The aim of the event is to boost the quality and accessibility of information on climate change on the world’s largest online encyclopaedia.
Registrations are open until 15 June, 2019, and experts are invited to register online.
Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) is offering 15 prospective, first-time, African reviewers an opportunity to obtain feedback on their draft review comments from senior international experts.