Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaption

Projects for Theme 'Crosscutting Issues'

  • Understanding ‘bankability’ and unlocking climate finance for climate compatible development

    Created by: annahickman1 | 2017-06-27 11:24

    Associated Organization: Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

    Summary:

    This working paper focuses on understanding the concept of ‘bankability’ in support of the development of quality ‘bankable’ project proposals – to assist countries’ access to international climate finance.

     


  •  Science summary: The drought in Kenya, 2016–2017

    Science summary: The drought in Kenya, 2016–2017

    Created by: annahickman1 | 2017-06-16 13:28

    Associated Organization: Raising Risk Awareness initiative

    Summary:

    Kenya is currently suffering from a drought, which has triggered a national emergency as of April 2017. The drought threatens health and local food security. Scientists with Climate Central, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and the University of Oxford – as part of the World Weather Attribution (WWA) partnership, which also includes Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and the University of Melbourne – conducted a real-time attribution analysis to see whether and to what extent human-induced climate change has played a role in this drought in Kenya.

    The rapid/real-time analysis conducted by WWA in Kenya is part of the Raising Risk Awareness project, a pilot project delivered in collaboration with the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) using state-of-the-art science to increase understanding of the role of climate change in extreme weather events and prepare for future ones.

    The results indicate that the temperatures involved in this drought are hotter than they would have been without the influence of climate change. The results do not detect a strong climate change signal in the rainfall trend, but the team cannot exclude small changes in the risk of poor rains linked to climate change.

    Read the science summary here: The drought in Kenya, 2016–2017

    Kenya is highly vulnerable to drought. Only 20% of the country receives high and regular rainfall. The remaining 80% is characterised as arid and semi-arid lands where rainfall is highly variable and drought is a regular feature of the climate. The arid and semi-arid lands house more than half of all livestock in Kenya and more than a quarter (30%) of the population; these are among the most vulnerable populations to rainfall variability and drought.


  • WORKING PAPER: Making governance work for water-energy-food nexus approaches

    WORKING PAPER: Making governance work for water-energy-food nexus approaches

    Created by: annahickman1 | 2017-06-16 13:25

    Associated Organization: Climate and Development Knowledge Network

    Summary:

     

    WORKING PAPER: Making governance work for water-energy-food nexus approaches

     

    A new CDKN working paper by Andrew Scott of ODI explores the effectiveness of governing for the “water-energy-food nexus” of issues. The author looks at approaches that understand the links between sectors, recognise these in decision-making and promote integrated policy-making.

     

    The concept of the water–energy–food (WEF) nexus has become widely used to help understand interdependencies among the three systems, and how they can be managed sustainably to meet growing demand. The water–energy–food nexus has especially been advocated to address conflicts among the sectors. However, governance in the water–energy–food nexus has not received much attention in the literature, particularly the institutions and politics governing the water–energy–food sectors.

     

    This paper synthesises findings from CDKN-supported action research in this area. The paper draws from findings in Indonesia, Kenya and the Amazon Basin to show that the effectiveness of the horizontal (cross-sectoral) and vertical (between levels of government) coordination that is essential for a nexus approach is determined by institutional relationships, which can be influenced by political economy factors. The capacity of governing organisations to understand nexus links and to collaborate with each other is also critical.

     

    The paper suggests that aiming for the ideal of comprehensiveness and integration in a nexus approach may be costly and impractical. Nevertheless, horizontal and vertical coordination are essential. Local-level decision-making will determine how trade-offs and synergies in the water–energy–food nexus are implemented. The capacities of local government organisations and decision-makers need to be strengthened to enhance their capacity to adopt nexus approaches and coordinate vertically.

     

    Download the working paper here: Making governance work for water-energy-food nexus approaches

     


  • African Union and FAO Expand Great Green Wall Partnership

    African Union and FAO Expand Great Green Wall Partnership

    Created by: admin | 2016-02-17 07:55

    Associated Organization: AU, FAO

    Summary:


    The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched a €41 million ‘Action Against Desertification' project that aims to support six African countries - Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal - with the large-scale restoration of production landscapes affected by desertification and land degradation. The project is funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) programme of support to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.
    read more:  http://africasd.iisd.org/news/african-union-and-fao-expand-great-green-wall-partnership/


  • L³EAP - LifeLong Learning for Energy security, access and efficiency in African and Pacific Small Island Developing States

    L³EAP - LifeLong Learning for Energy security, access and efficiency in African and Pacific Small Island Developing States

    Created by: fmannke | 2015-07-28 10:06

    Associated Organization: EU, EDULINK, ACP

    Summary:

    The purpose of the L³EAP project is to increase the capacity of HEIs in African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) SIDS to deliver high-quality Lifelong Learning courses on the topics of energy access, security and efficiency.

    • - By its focus on energy security, access and efficiency, L³EAP addresses a topic that is most relevant for the local labour market and socio-economic development in general.
    • - By its focus on SIDs, L³EAP supports countries where energy access, energy security and efficiency play a central role for achieving socio-economic development goals, because of the high dependence of and costs for importing fossil fuels, as well as the low electrification rate (e.g. Papua New Guinea 10%). 
    • - By its focus on Lifelong learning (LLL), L³EAP offers tailor-made solutions, for increasing on a short-term and flexible basis, the local availability of skilled human resources that is required by the local labour market for meeting the current challenges in the dynamic energy sector.

    Thereby, L³EAP contributes to the global objective ofsupporting higher education of quality, that is efficient and relevant to the needs of the labour market and consistent with the ACP regions’ and member countries’ socio-economic development priorities.

    L³EAP also aims to strengthen the academic capacity of the partner HEI to modernise their teaching offers by a concrete development of development of LLL courses, the exchange of experiences among the partners on LLL, and learning-by-doing when developing and implementing a hands-on  transnational pilot teaching module.

    Moreover, a planned widely disseminated transnational recommendation report will enable other HEI to benefit from the lessons learned during L³EAP. Thereby, L³EAP meets the specific objective of EDULINK II to strengthen the capacity of ACP HEIs at academic level.

    The development of LLL courses also entails a detailed concept for LLL course, management marketing, finance, which increases the capacity of management and administration to implement and manage the new course programme.

    In addition, the capacity building programme also covers skills for the management of research projects. Thereby, L³EAP meets the specific objective of EDULINK II to strengthen the capacity of ACP HEIs at management/administration level.

    With its focus on energy security, access and efficiency, LEAP addresses the EDULINK’s thematic fields of “Energy access and efficiency” in particular:

    • Innovative solutions to improve access to energy
    • Use of modern technologies
    •  Renewable energies; Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
    • Policies and strategies to cleaner, stable electricity services (e.g. to households and businesses)

     


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    Created by: richarit | 2015-06-12 17:02

    Associated Organization: test

    Summary:


  • Education for Sustainable Development

    Created by: oroiyorobert@yahoo.co.uk | 2014-08-28 23:49

    Associated Organization: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

    Summary:

    The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been in operation since 1961. This represents 50 years of action in conservation. In the last 50 years, WWF has evolved from an organisation that started in the North to a global organisation with an evolved philosophy and organizational mandate. WWF today operates in over 100 countries. WWF is driven by a conviction to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature.

    WWF has been engaged in conservation activities in East Africa on various fronts. The Lake Victoria Catchment Environmental Education Programme (LVCEEP) is one of those conservation efforts that were initiated in 2004. This programme was initiated at the backdrop of increased environmental challenges facing the lake in the last decade. These environmental challenges include among others: increased erosion and siltation of the lake, biodiversity loss, invasive species invasion (water hyacinth), and pollution leading to frequency of algae blooms, habitat change and destruction. Some studies have indicated that fish species diversity and richness in the lake has declined by up to 80% in respect to indigenous fish species while forest cover around the lake has drastically declined by over 70 percent. Municipal wastes and various industrial and mining operations within and around the lake also continue to put pressure on the lake and lake resources. Such challenges inspired the inception of the LVCEEP.

     

    The LVCEEP is coordinated by the WWF-Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Programme Office (ESARPO). This programme seeks to empower the catchment communities, schools and regional partners with knowledge, motivation and abilities for sustainable use and management of natural resources. The LVCEEP is implemented through a range of environmental education activities in model schools and communities bordering the lake. LVCEEP not only seeks to promote the conservation of Lake Victoria catchment but also bring about improved and sustainable livelihoods in the communities within the Lake Victoria catchment.  These actions are meant to fulfill the LVCEEP goal that seeks to secure the ecological integrity and sustainability of the Lake Victoria catchment for the benefit of its inhabitants and biological diversity. 


  • The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Africa?

    The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Africa?

    Created by: admin | 2014-07-30 14:29

    Associated Organization: CDKN

    Summary:

    The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever. The Fifth Assessment Report (htpp://www.ipcc.ch), which IPCC is releasing in four parts between September 2013 and November 2014, is the work of 830 expert authors, from 85 countries. Its first three vomumes already strech to 5,000+ pages.

    The assessment reviews the scientific evidence on the trends and causes of climate change, the risks to human and natural systems, and options for adaptation and mitigation. The IPCC aims to be – in its own words – “policy relevant but not policy prescriptive”. Its findings further our understanding of humankind’s interaction with our environment: how we are affecting the global climate and what we can do about it.

     

    Now the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (www.cdkn.org) and Overseas Development Institute (www.odi.org.uk) have released a succinct guide to the assessment for decision-makers in Africa.

     

    The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Africa?  distils the richest material on climate impacts and trends in Africa, and African experiences in adaptation and mitigation, from the thousands of pages of the Fifth Assessment Report. The expert research team has worked under the guidance of IPCC Coordinating Lead Authors and Reviewers to ensure fidelity to the original material.

     

    The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Africa? aims to make the IPCC’s important material more accessible and usable to African audiences. This guide responds to wide demand for region-specific information.

     

    The guide is part of a suite of materials to promote the key findings of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. Forthcoming companion volumes will provide a digest of IPCC findings for: South Asia; Latin America; and Small Island Developing States. Please visit www.cdkn.org/ar5-toolkit from 16 July 2014, to access a range of resources, including free-to-use images and infographics.

     

    The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report offers the following key messages for Africa:

    ·        Africa’s climate is already changing and the impacts are already being felt

    ·        Further climate change is inevitable in the coming decades

    ·        Climate change poses challenges to growth and development in Africa

    ·        Adaptation will bring immediate benefits and reduce the impacts of climate change in Africa

    ·        Adaptation is fundamentally about risk management

    ·        Adaptation experience in Africa is growing

    ·        Some low-carbon development options may be less costly in the long run and could offer new economic opportunities for Africa

    ·        Africa stands to benefit from integrated climate adaptation, mitigation and development approaches

    ·        International cooperation is vital to avert dangerous climate change and African governments can promote ambitious global action. 

     

     


  • FAO Reports Results of Pilot Adaptation Projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania

    FAO Reports Results of Pilot Adaptation Projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania

    Created by: admin | 2014-06-05 18:51

    Associated Organization: FAO

    Summary:

    June 2013: Successful adaptation to climate change requires a range of approaches, from addressing drivers of vulnerability to directly contending with climate change impacts, according to a report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The report presents initial results from FAO projects initiated in Eastern Africa two years ago, highlighting an increase in farmers' resilience to climate variability, as well as enhanced food security.

    The report, titled 'Adapting to Climate Change through Land and Water Management in Eastern Africa: Results of Pilot Projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania,' stems from an FAO project focused on helping countries adopt sustainable land and water management. The project tests resource-efficient and productive land-use management techniques, with a view to understanding the potential impact of a comprehensive set of sustainable agriculture and food security adaptation practices adopted at the community level.

    The FAO project focused on four pillars: increasing soil health; water conservation; livelihood diversification; and strengthening local institutions among 15,000 households in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. Part I of the report gives an overview of the lessons learned under each of these pillars, with special attention to specific country results. Scaling investment will be necessary to "ensure enhanced, more sustainable and more resilient management of an already declining resource base," according to the report, which underscores that policy and capacity development must place greater emphasis on land and water management for successful climate change adaptation.

    Part I also identifies priorities for scaling up adoption of sustainable water and land management practices. These priorities include, inter alia: persuading farmers of the long-term benefits of soil and water conservation; integrating scientific and traditional knowledge; maintaining soil vegetative cover on cropland; building farmers' capacity to efficiently use fish pond water for irrigation; promoting sweet potato, sorghum, millet, early maturing cassava, banana and fish farming; catalyzing knowledge and experience sharing among farmers; and improving access to credit.

    Part II of the report contains country case studies, with papers covering unique elements in each country, namely: water harvesting and flood resilience in Ethiopia; diversification of farmers' livelihoods in Kenya; and rice intensification, soil and water conservation, energy-saving stoves, participatory management and changing mindsets in Tanzania.

    Source: IISD


  • Exploring the role of climate science in supporting long-term adaptation and decision-making in sub-Saharan Africa

    Exploring the role of climate science in supporting long-term adaptation and decision-making in sub-Saharan Africa

    Created by: admin | 2014-06-04 14:03

    Associated Organization: CDKN

    Summary:

    By Lindsey Jones, Elizabeth Carabine, Anna Hickman, Lara Langston, Shehnaaz Moosa and Ronald Mukanya

    Africa faces considerable challenges in adapting to the long-term impacts of climate change. Policy-makers not only have to contend with projected changes to the region’s climate, but also high vulnerability to existing climate variability and low levels of adaptive capacity in many countries and communities.

    Ensuring that policy-makers are able to respond to the medium- and long-term implications of climate change is important in promoting climate-resilient development. Despite the uncertainties that are associated with it, climate science can support planners in making informed decisions on future investments aimed at optimising the use of scarce resources available to them. Yet there is a lack of evidence for – and detailed understanding of – gaps in the uptake of science for long-term strategies for climate-resilient development, particularly for sub-Saharan Africa.

    In helping to overcome these barriers, the CDKN report Exploring the role of climate science in supporting long-term adaptation and decision-making in sub-Saharan Africa brings together information from two sources:

    1. a review of articles and ‘grey’ (unpublished) literature on knowledge gaps and areas needed to support the capacity of African decision-makers
    2. two regional activities: a workshop in London that brought together UK- and Africa-based experts working on climate science and adaptation in Africa; and a side-event to the Africa Climate Change Conference 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania, that gathered together regional scientists and practitioners, and consolidated gaps and priority activities for enhancing the uptake of science in decision-making.

    The report is intended to identify key gaps in science and capacity to feed into the scoping phase of the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) programme. This initiative seeks to advance the scientific understanding of the sub-Saharan African climate on decadal timescales and, working with African stakeholders, use this science to inform long-term climate-resilient development strategies.

    Download the full report Exploring the role of climate science in supporting long-term adaptation and decision-making in sub-Saharan Africa on the right.

    FCFA contact: Lindsey Jones

    by: CDKN Global


  • A local vision of climate adaptation – Participatory urban planning in Mozambique

    A local vision of climate adaptation – Participatory urban planning in Mozambique

    Created by: admin | 2014-06-04 13:57

    Associated Organization: CDKN

    Summary:

    With an estimated population of 1.1 million, Maputo is the most densely populated city in Mozambique. The city is sharply divided into two areas: ’the cement city’, or the old colonial centre with paved roads and high-rise buildings, and the bairros – largely underserved, congested areas that house the majority of the city’s population. Situated on the Indian Ocean, the city is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts such as cyclones, flooding and sea level rise. Poverty and inequality, which are concentrated in the bairros, further exacerbate climate change vulnerabilities in the city.

    This new report, A local vision of climate adaptation: Participatory urban planning in Mozambique by Vanesa Castán Broto of University College London,
 Emily Boyd of the University of Reading, Jonathan Ensor of the University of York, Domingos Augusto Macucule of the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and Charlotte Allen, an independent consultant, looks at the outcomes of the project, Public Private People Partnerships for Climate Compatible Development (4PCCD). It ran from 2011 to 2013 and asked: can local views be represented fairly in national and municipal planning processes through a partnership approach? Answering this question required: i) understanding what makes a successful partnership among relevant actors; ii) providing a platform to support such a partnership; iii) developing formal outputs, such as local development and climate change action plans; and iv) disseminating the lessons widely to bring new partners into the process. By experimenting with different forms of participatory planning, 4PCCD aimed to identify local priorities for climate-related action, along with the key actors and resources needed to make it happen.

    Key messages from the report:

    • The Public Private People Partnerships for Climate Compatible Development (4PCCD) project
 used an urban planning tool that recognises the capacity of citizens living in informal settlements in Maputo, Mozambique, to develop 
a vision for the future of their neighbourhood in a changing climate.
    • A participatory planning process empowered citizens to develop a collective vision and present it to government institutions and private firms in Maputo.
    • 4PCCD also created opportunities for dialogue among government institutions, businesses and communities, both in informal meetings and public forums.
    • The project showed that municipalities can speed up climate policy development by inviting local communities to share their experiences and knowledge.
    • The project also highlighted that participatory planning needs sufficient allocation of time and money in order to undertake meaningful community consultation and a detailed scientific assessment of climate impacts.

    Download the full report: A local vision of climate adaptation: Participatory urban planning in Mozambique.

    This report is one of CDKN’s Inside stories on climate compatible development.

    It was produced by CDKN’s project partners as part of the CDKN-ICLEI project on Subnational climate compatible development: learning from CDKN’s experience.

    by: CDKN


  • Strengthening climate resilience in African cities – A framework for working with informality

    Strengthening climate resilience in African cities – A framework for working with informality

    Created by: admin | 2014-06-04 13:49

    Associated Organization: CDKN, ACC

    Summary:

    What opportunities and challenges does climate compatible development present in the context of rapidly growing cities across the African continent, where two key features are widespread: informality and deeply entrenched inequality? Informality comes in many forms, including settlement on unplanned land without public services and bulk infrastructure; unregistered housing construction and transfer; informal and insecure jobs; and unregulated trade and service provision.

    In the light of the threats posed by changing climatic conditions and the prevailing realities of economic and political disempowerment, how might we go about grounding and working with the idea of climate compatible development so that we can envision and build new urban futures in cities across Africa that are vibrant, inclusive and sustainable?

    These are the questions explored in a new report by the African Centre for Cities and CDKN: Strengthening climate resilience in African cities – A framework for working with informality by Anna Taylor and Camaren Peter (African Centre for Cities).

    This document is intended mainly for use by city practitioners operating in local government agencies and civic organisations. It distils a set of eight principles for engaging in such development work, and suggests an eight-step process as a guide for undertaking climate compatible development in African cities that factors in climate dynamics alongside the socioeconomic, spatial and political dimensions of development.

    The eight steps for climate compatible development in African cities are:

    1:  Develop a vision for alternative city futures and development pathways;

    2:  Map multi-scale climate sensitive linkages to the informal sector;

    3:  Assess current local climate vulnerabilities with slum dwellers;

    4:  Consider future vulnerability using climate projections;

    5:  Identify options and leverage points and opportunities for adaptation;

    6:  Assess mitigation co-benefits;

    7:  Prioritise implementation of adaptation options;

    8:  Establish mechanisms for tracking, learning and adjustment.

    The proposed model and framework for climate compatible development in African cities is based on a review of relevant literature, stakeholder interviews and site visits in Accra (Ghana), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), and Kampala (Uganda), and two expert workshops hosted in Cape Town (South Africa). It reflects the current state of CDKN and ACC’s thinking and will form a basis for ongoing collaboration and learning between CDKN, ACC and their counterparts in various African cities. The authors are interested in how this framework might be applied and adapted in designing, planning, tracking, revising and scaling up climate compatible development interventions; and they invite readers to share their views, experiences and examples to help shape the framework in the future.

    by: CDKN Global


  • UN-REDD Presents a Case Study on Spatial Analysis and REDD+ in Tanzania

    UN-REDD Presents a Case Study on Spatial Analysis and REDD+ in Tanzania

    Created by: admin | 2014-02-27 14:46

    Associated Organization: UN-REDD

    Summary:

    21 February 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released a case study on using spatial analysis to support REDD+ safeguard and multiple benefit decision making in Tanzania.

    The study considers the links between REDD+ and biodiversity, ecosystem services, and land-use planning and supports decision making towards the achievement of Tanzania's REDD+ Strategy and Action Plan. The study also considers the priorities set out in the national REDD+ safeguards including the development of a safeguard information system (SIS). The publication also focuses on safeguard criterion for protecting natural forests, restoring natural forests, avoiding damage to biodiversity and ecosystem services and maintaining and conserving biodiversity values and ecosystem services.

    Outputs from the study include maps outlining priority areas for REDD+ investments as well as potential REDD+ actions in identified areas. Maps feature wildlife corridors, the extent of threatened species, tree species richness, non-timber forest products, and forest benefits for preventing soil erosion. With regard to threats to forests and REDD+, the analysis maps population density, charcoal production, petroleum exploration and fire exposure.


    read more: http://forests-l.iisd.org/news/un-redd-presents-a-case-study-on-spatial-analysis-and-redd-in-tanzania/


  • Kenya's smallholder farmers use grain stores to raise bank loans

    Kenya's smallholder farmers use grain stores to raise bank loans

    Created by: admin | 2013-11-19 15:08

    Associated Organization: Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

    Summary:

    An innovative Kenyan scheme enables small farmers to store their produce in certified warehouses and use it to obtain credit from banks, avoiding middlemen who paid them rock-bottom prices and enabling them to buy good seeds and fertiliser and raise their yields.

     

    Read more http://www.trust.org/item/20131114122939-k2ibc/


  • Volunteer Uganda

    Volunteer Uganda

    Created by: beaconyouths | 2013-11-18 17:16

    Associated Organization: Beacon of Hope Uganda

    Summary:

    Beacon of Hope Uganda designs and conducts programs which contribute to the welfare and social productivity of disadvantaged individuals and communities with an emphasis on children and youth. BoHU addresses some of the most pervasive problems in rural Uganda, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, hunger, education, poverty, access to clean drinking water, and orphaned children. In addition, it focusses on empowering the youth of Uganda empowering them with different skills and leadership training.

    BoHU is founded on the principles that our shared values and commonalities as human beings are more important than our individual differences. We therefore operate on a non-political, non-denominational, and non-sectarian basis, welcoming all world citizens to contribute to our work and every Ugandan in need.

    BoHU reaches out to the furthest and most abandoned communities in the rural areas of Uganda including its islands. Amongst these are the Bevuma islands which are hard to reach and under –  served by the government and Ugandan NGO’s. Through educating Ugandans on diseases awareness & prevention, and fostering the creation of self sustaining projects run by the local community, BoHU aims to achieve its mission.

    A number of short term and long term goals have been established so far and now we are in position to attract volunteers for short-term (7 days to 2 months) and long-term volunteers (3 months to 6 months).

    Mission: Helping people to help themselves out of poverty and create (financial) independence amongst our beneficiaries through effective community education and the development of projects, creating a self-supporting, self-sustaining community in a rapidly changing world.

    Vision: Providing resources  to achieve sustainable development in under-resourced areas and for BoHU to become a self-sustaining non-government organization in its efforts in Uganda.

    BoHU is a movement dedicated to supporting quality sustainable development in targeted under-resourced communities, with programs in Uganda.

    We are committed to helping individuals fulfill their potential and play meaningful roles in shaping their communities.

    The focus of our programs is on providing resources for sustainable development in under-resourced communities. In order to uplift the youngest of our society however, it is often necessary to first assist adults and overall communities in which they live. Past and/or ongoing projects conducted in the general community include feeding the destitute, outreach, counseling, and assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses which affect their health, life expectancy as well as their social and economical position in society and counseling. Other programs BoHu runs are focusing on giving immediate assistance to individuals who have been raped or defiled and the building of village wells, schools and establishment of health centers. Furthermore BoHu offers assistance with women’s craft groups, and ongoing assistance with an organic community garden and youth skills training enhancing their development, social and economical opportunities.


  • Solar mosquito trap could reduce malaria in Western Kenya

    Solar mosquito trap could reduce malaria in Western Kenya

    Created by: admin | 2013-11-05 18:12

    Associated Organization: International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecolology

    Summary:

    NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A solar-powered mosquito trap is showing early signs of helping to lower the incidence of malaria on Rusinga Island, in Western Kenya.

    The device, invented by Kenyan and Dutch researchers, uses a solar roof panel to power an electric fan and mosquito zapper, installed on the outside of traditional tin-roofed mud and daub houses on the island. Nylon strips, impregnated with artificial human scent, help draw mosquitoes to the trap and the fan sucks them into the device, the researchers said. Read more http://bit.ly/1b9bmUV

     


  • AfricaAdapt Online Discussion on Climate-induced Loss & Damage_Débat en ligne sur les Pertes et Dommages liés au Changement Climatique

    AfricaAdapt Online Discussion on Climate-induced Loss & Damage_Débat en ligne sur les Pertes et Dommages liés au Changement Climatique

    Created by: admin | 2013-10-14 12:49

    Associated Organization: ENDA/AfricaAdapt

    Summary:

     

    (English version below)

    Le réseau AfricaAdapt (http://www.africa-adapt.net/) a le plaisir de vous inviter à une vibrante discussion en ligne sur la question des “pertes et dommages” lies aux effets néfastes des changements climatiques. Veuillez accepter l’invitation à cette discussion en ligne qui aura lieu du 17 au 25 Octobre 2013. Veuillez joindre la Communauté AfricaAdapt http://next.dgroups.org/fara-net/africa-adapt

    Dear all;

     

    The AfricaAdapt (http://www.africa-adapt.net/) Network is pleased to invite you to participate in a vibrant online debate on the issue of climate-induced loos and damage. This online discussion will take place from the 17th to the 25th October 2013. Kindly confirm your participation by clicking on the link appended to this invitation. http://next.dgroups.org/fara-net/africa-adapt

     


  • Early Warning Systems for Climate Resilience in Africa

    Early Warning Systems for Climate Resilience in Africa

    Created by: admin | 2013-10-07 20:30

    Associated Organization: UNDP, GEF

    Summary:

    The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported that the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved a US$43.63m grant for a UNDP-led initiative to strengthen climate information and early warning systems in ten African countries.

     

    The US$43.63 million programme will be implemented in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, São Tomé and Principe, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The programme is supported through the GEF's Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).


  • Pacific Adaptation Climate Change Project Focuses on Replication and Up-Scaling

    Pacific Adaptation Climate Change Project Focuses on Replication and Up-Scaling

    Created by: admin | 2013-09-13 12:27

    Associated Organization: SPREP, GEF, UNDP, AusAid

    Summary:

    The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened the annual review meeting of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, which provided participants the opportunity to showcase country activities as the project moves into its fourth year, focusing on replication and scaling-up of activities.

     

    According to SPREP, tools showcased by participating PACC countries illustrated the diversity of activities executed under the PACC project. Such tools included: the Cook Islands Coastal Calculator that is assisting in ensuring that the Mangaia Island harbor can withstand cyclones and storm surges; the 3-D mapping tool used in Vanuatu to decide on possible relocations of roads and villages further inland; and the engagement of community facilitators as a link between the project team and communities in Fiji, which has proven to enhance community ownership as well as project sustainability.


  • Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA)

    Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA)

    Created by: admin | 2013-09-10 19:06

    Associated Organization: UNEP, WMO, UNESCO

    Summary:

    The Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) has released a report titled 'Research Priorities on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation: Responding to the Climate Change Challenge,' which presents global research priorities that were identified through a consultation process with experts and policymakers, and are intended to serve as guidance to researchers, donor groups and other stakeholders.


  • UN-HABITAT, UNISDR Launch DRR, CCA Technical Centre for Southern Africa

    UN-HABITAT, UNISDR Launch DRR, CCA Technical Centre for Southern Africa

    Created by: admin | 2013-07-04 20:50

    Associated Organization: UN-HABITAT, UNISDR

    Summary:

    The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launched a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Technical Centre for Southern Africa, known as 'DIMSUR.' Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and the Comoros requested UN-HABITAT and UNISDR to facilitate the process to establish the Centre, which aims to reduce vulnerability and build community resilience in the four countries.

     

    DIMSUR will focus on increasing urban resilience by: creating synergies between the CCA and DDR agendas; developing capacities to build resilience; strengthening inter-country and regional partnerships; promoting good experiences, knowledge, practices and innovative programmes; and maximizing existing regional expertise, particularly within academia. DIMSUR will provide technical assistance and support knowledge exchange on CCA and DDR in Southern Africa.

     

    UN-HABITAT and UNISDR established DIMSUR following a three-year participatory process that included sub-regional consultations and a feasibility study. The EU and the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery will provide US$900,000 to support the Centre, which will be based at the National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) in Maputo, Mozambique. [UN-HABITAT Press Release]

    read more: http://africasd.iisd.org/news/un-habitat-unisdr-launch-drr-cca-technical-centre-for-southern-africa/


  • WWF Africa Adaptation Initiative

    Created by: shimwepya1 | 2013-06-17 10:32

    Associated Organization: WWF Eastern and Southern Africa Programme Office (ESARPO)

    Summary:

     

    The WWF Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI) focuses on building capacity for integrating adaptation within conservation work in countries where WWF oeprates in Africa. At the moment, the Initiative is covers six countries under the Eastern and southern Africa Programme Office (ESARPO), namely; Kenya, Mozambiaque, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as the Madagascar and West Indian Ocean Programme Office (MWIOPO) in Madagascar.

    The approach taken is that oif building capacity amonf staff through training and technical support as well as the promotion of adaptation planning and implementation, within on-going conservation projects.


  • The Role of Local Institutions in Adaptive Processes to Climate Variability: The cases of southern Ethiopia and southern Mali

    The Role of Local Institutions in Adaptive Processes to Climate Variability: The cases of southern Ethiopia and southern Mali

    Created by: admin | 2013-06-14 19:58

    Associated Organization: Oxfam

    Summary:

     

    Farmers and herders in arid regions of Africa face serious challenges in adapting to climate change and variability. They are highly exposed to climate stresses, especially drought, but adaptation to climate change is far from being a clear-cut biophysical or technical problem: it is also a social challenge. Although communities in semi-arid zones have organized their cultures and livelihoods around uncertainty and the risk of drought, climate predictions indicate that new extremes will be a real challenge to their capacity to adapt. This report looks at local social institutions in Ethiopia and Mali and their role in adaptation. Read more http://cc.cc/OSfP

     


  • AfriCAN Climate, AfricaAdapt Hold Workshop on Agriculture, Climate Change and CSR (25-27 April 013), Dakar

    AfriCAN Climate, AfricaAdapt Hold Workshop on Agriculture, Climate Change and CSR (25-27 April 013), Dakar

    Created by: admin | 2013-05-11 23:44

    Associated Organization: ENDA

    Summary:

    The debate on Climate Change and Agriculture is crucial with regards to Africa's development and to the prosperity of its people. In fact, the continent is particularly vulnerable to Climate Change given the levels of poverty that characterize it.

    Climate Change in Africa materializes itself particularly through prolonged periods of drought, which seriously affect the agricultural sector. Consequently, this results in the degradation of soil quality, higher temperatures, desert encroachment, frequent sandstorms, declining water resources, falling yields in agricultural productivity, proliferation of insects, threats to food security and increased poverty on the continent.


  • Scenario planning to assess the implications of climate change on land and water use within the agricultural sector

    Scenario planning to assess the implications of climate change on land and water use within the agricultural sector

    Created by: adaptingccc | 2013-05-08 20:31

    Associated Organization: Eden district municipality, Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa

    Summary:

    The overarching aim of the project is to identify and promote logical, financially feasible alternatives that will encourage wise, and sustainable use of land and water resources within the agricultural sector of the Garden Route. A significant portion of the agricultural sector within the Garden Route is currently financially unstable and environmentally unsustainable. In these areas inappropriate cultivation and irrigation, overstocking, and illegal activities are causing significant damage to natural resources.