Climate change are already taking its toll on the African continent. It has never been more crucial that robust scientific information relating to the inevitable and escalating climate shocks reach beyond the scientific community and into the realm of policy makers, development and aid organisations, and communities on the ground.
When climate scientists and researchers from the global South work in collaboration with their counterparts in the North, there will always be a diversity of skills, competence, and varying levels of confidence shared amongst a team. A group's dynamics will also play out against a backdrop of historic power imbalances, and differences in funding and research opportunities within home institutions.
Welcome to the June 2020 edition of the Future Climate for Africa newsletter showcasing the recent highlights and work of FCFA.
FCFA sponsors African journalists as part of an environmental reporting programme with Climate Home News
Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate variability and change due to both its high exposure and low adaptive capacity. It is important to increase the understanding of climate change amongst communities. However, climate change is a complex issue to communicate, with many journalists struggling to report on climate change in a language that is accessible but doesn’t lose the scientific rigour.
In early April, about a third of the world’s population was in some form of lockdown as governments or-dered businesses, schools and institutions to shut, and issued stay-at-home instructions to citizens in an effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. During these business-unusual times, Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) researchers are re-designing their end-of-project plans amidst the uncertainty of not knowing when different countries across Africa will begin lifting lockdown restrictions, allow travel, and gatherings.
Welcome to the March 2020 edition of the Future Climate for Africa newsletter showcasing the recent highlights and work of FCFA.
Climate researchers from Africa and the UK discuss African climate model evaluation at LaunchPAD workshop
From 24 - 28 February LaunchPAD held its first workshop in Cape Town, South Africa, which brought together climate researchers from the University of Oxford, University of Yaounde I, University of Nairobi, University of Cape Town, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and the Met Office.
Are you attending Adaptation Futures? Do you want to learn how to edit Wikipedia and contribute climate research and information to the world’s largest online encyclopedia? Future Climate for Africa and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network are hosting a climate change Wikipedia edit-a-thon after Adaptation Futures in New Delhi, India, on 1 May 2020.
The One Planet Fellowship is a $20 million initiative dedicated to supporting research on climate change adaptation. The Fellowship is an academic mentoring scheme which targets the next generation of African climate scientists. Applications close on 31st March 2020.
New UN CC:Learn Affiliated Resources Support Scientists in Participating in the IPCC Assessment Processes
The new mini e-course on "How to Review IPCC Assessment Reports – Webinars and Guidance for Climate Experts", developed by Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), in collaboration with South-South-North and Climate Contact Consultancy, is the latest resource recognized by the UN CC:Learn affiliation programme.