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December 2020 newsletter




December 17, 2020


Welcome to the December 2020 edition of the Future Climate for Africa newsletter showcasing the recent highlights and work of FCFA. 

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News in Brief


FCFA podcast series: the African Climate Breakdown – stories about climate change

Listen in as we share FCFA’s ground-breaking climate change research and hear stories on the impact of climate change on Africa and how communities can better adapt to allow for a more climate-resilient future. Follow and subscribe to the podcast on Apple or Spotify or listen on the FCFA website.
The episode reflects on key research from HyCRISTAL, AMMA-2050 and IMPALA. We discuss new understanding on the East African climate paradox, mega-storms in the Sahel and model advancements from CP4-Africa.

The episode reflects on key research from FRACTAL, HyCRISTAL and UMFULA. We discuss water resources in Windhoek, Lusaka, the Lake Victoria basin and the Rufiji river basin.


Wiki4Climate – improving the global knowledge on climate change through Wikipedia

From the 24th of November to the 1st of December participants gathered online for Wiki4Climate, a week of Wikipedia editing on climate change topics, organised by FCFA and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and with support from experienced Wikipedia editors. The aim was to equip anyone interested in climate change with the skills to edit and add climate change content and examples (especially from the Global South) onto Wikipedia. The event brought together 118 editors working on 642 climate-related Wikipedia pages and contributing over 2400 edits. Read more here.


Building climate change resilience in Africa – the story of FCFA

The FCFA animation provides a dynamic summary of FCFA’s research over the past 5 years and highlights the innovative approach to climate research adopted by the research teams; IMPALA, HyCRISTAL, AMMA-2050, UMFULA, and FRACTAL.


FCFA participates in virtual poster presentation at the UNFCCC Research Dialogues

The poster, “Co-production for decision support in FCFA” highlighted the various co-production approaches used by FCFA research teams. Co-production, which is an action research approach, was employed by FCFA to establish a common understanding of the decision-making contexts, key climate science concepts and scientific understanding of the region’s future climate.


Online climate change journalist training

Future Climate for Africa, together with leading climate journalists and experts from ICPAC, BBC Media Action and NECJOGHA hosted an online climate change journalist training for 30 African journalists in October and November. The aim of the training was to increase journalists’ understanding of climate change and their capacity to report on climate change issues in Africa. Read more here.

Watch the presentations from the training


Learning session webinar: Reflecting on effective approaches to research uptake

The learning session provided an overview of the novel approaches from FCFA, Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and engaged with participants during interactive breakout sessions to further interrogate how we can strive towards more effective research uptake and knowledge brokering in the future.

Watch the webinar


Save the date – Learning session webinar: Promoting leadership opportunities for Southern climate researchers

FCFA will be hosting a rich and interactive discussion on the barriers and enablers to improving Southern leadership and how these lessons can inform improved design models for future programmes.

Date: Tuesday,19 January 2021

Time: 15:00 to 16:30 (SAST)

Save the date in your calendar and watch out for the registration email in January 2021.


If you want to find out more about FCFA, watch the animation – Building climate change resilience – the story of Future Climate for Africa. Want to keep up to date with FCFA news? Follow FCFA on Twitter: @future_climate and LinkedIN: Future Climate for Africa.