Projects for Theme 'Climate Science'
Created by: annahickman1 | 2017-06-27 11:24
Associated Organization: Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
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.
QUANTIFYING LOCAL INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES OF AGRARIAN COMMUNITIES/SOCIETIES TO COMPLEMENT CLIMATOLOGICAL/ METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION.
Created by: ericngang | 2015-09-20 21:22
Associated Organization: Action Group on Governance and Environmental Management (AGGEM)
Climate change is a defining issue of our era, with its impacts reaching global, regional and local scales. The current magnitude and variability have critical implications for agriculture, fisheries, forestry, life histories, community composition, and ecosystem function across most developing countries. Households and families in countries of the African continent are among the most vulnerable to climate variability and extremes, given that only 5% of their cultivated land is irrigated and food production is dependent mainly on rain-fed agriculture. New agricultural technologies and scientific practices have been introduced to improve the capacity to adapt to climate change. Policies have emerged at different levels (local, national and sub-regional) that encourage the adoption of such practices, and new tools and financing mechanisms are being introduced to shield farmers from the impacts of climatic risks. However some of these actions have sidelined Local Indigenous Knowledge and Practices (LIKPs) that are currently recognised as making significant contribution to community adaptation and changing circumstances at household and community level. These traditional practices and strategies that constitute traditional science that have been linked to the observations of changes in climate and long-term extreme weather conditions, transferred from one decade to another and from generation to generation through a process of mutual and collective learning passed on orally and practically, have been grossly neglected policy research and discourse.
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
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)
Created by: admin | 2015-06-24 09:23
Associated Organization: GFDRR, UN, EU
With technical support from the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the UN and the EU, the Government of Malawi carried out a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) in the aftermath of the 2015 floods in Malawi, launching the findings on 18 June 2015, in Malawi. The assessment aimed to quantify the loss and damage from the floods, and estimate recovery and reconstruction costs. The assessment shows total loss and damage of US$335 million, while total recovery and reconstruction costs are approximately US$494 million.
Created by: firstname.lastname@example.org | 2014-08-28 23:49
Associated Organization: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
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.
Created by: admin | 2014-07-30 14:29
Associated Organization: CDKN
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.
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.
Created by: admin | 2014-04-12 17:01
Associated Organization: DFID, NERC
Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), is a new five-year international research programme jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The Programme will support research to better understand climate variability and change across sub-Saharan Africa. Its focus will be on advancing scientific knowledge, understanding and prediction of African climate variability and change on 5 to 40 year timescales, together with support for better integration of science into longer-term decision making, leading to improved climate risk management and the protection of lives and livelihoods. Read more http://bit.ly/1ngJJkB
Created by: admin | 2014-04-08 13:39
Associated Organization: Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC)
Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa, who farm some of the least fertile land on the continent, have developed a training manual to encourage more sustainable farming practices among millions of African Muslims facing a threat to their food security from climate change.
The manual explains the practical aspects of conservation agriculture, which aims to achieve profits for farmers and sustained levels of production while conserving the environment.
Created by: admin | 2014-01-07 13:13
Associated Organization: IFAD
As part of the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) endorsed an agricultural investment programme for concessional loans and grant financing for smallholder farmers to manage climate risks.
The new $88 million set of ASAP projects will benefit communities in Bolivia, Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Rwanda, Viet Nam and Yemen.
ASAP works to empower community-based organizations to use climate risk management skills, information and technologies. Its programmes focus on blending 'no regrets' approaches to rural development with climate change adaptation innovations. [ASAP Website] [IFAD Press Release]
Created by: admin | 2013-12-19 20:13
Associated Organization: CCAFS/CGIAR
In an increasingly uncertain climate, farmers’ traditional knowledge on how to manage their farms may no longer be enough. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research has shown that with the right training, climate information services can help farmers better understand, anticipate and manage the risks that a variable and changing climate brings to their livelihoods. Read more http://bit.ly/1fILF27
Created by: CHIESA_Communications | 2013-12-04 15:04
Associated Organization: International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Increasing Knowledge, Building Capacity and Developing Adaptation Strategies
The Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa (CHIESA) is a four-year research and development project aimed at increasing knowledge on the impacts of climate change on ecosystem services in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot (EABH). CHIESA is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and coordinated by the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya.
The project will help build the climate change adaptation capacity of East African research institutions, stakeholder organizations and decision-makers through research collaboration and training. Together with local communities, the project will develop, test and disseminate climate change adaptation tools, options and strategies at the farm level.
Research cannot be undertaken in a bubble, thus the importance placed on information sharing. Throughout its project cycle, CHIESA endeavors to engage likeminded individuals, organizations and research institutions in sharing research milestones, project results and any other relevant information in line with set objectives. That said, CHIESA welcomes your insight and interaction on all matters climate change and food security.
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
(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
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
Created by: admin | 2013-10-07 20:30
Associated Organization: UNDP, GEF
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).
“Hygiene and sanitation campaign at springs in the Kumba Municipality, South West Region of Cameroon”
Created by: Geras | 2013-10-01 14:48
Associated Organization: Geo-Environmental Resource Association (GERAS)
The present project is entitled “Hygiene and sanitation campaign at springs in the Kumba Municipality, South West Region of Cameroon”. It is a pilot project to be carried out at the Up-Station Spring, located at the valley between the Kumba Principal Prison and G.B.H.S Kumba. It is a 10 (ten) months environmental volunteering project in the domain of Water Resources and Climate Change to run from January to October 2014. The project duration is divided into two semesters (first semester running from January to May while the second semester runs from June to October). The project is to be executed by GERAS under the supervision of the Divisional Delegate of Environment, Nature protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) for Meme Division.
Le Changement Climatique, les Ressources Pastorales et l'Élevage dans le Sahel: Développement d’un système de prévisions des ressources pastorales en Afrique de l’Ouest
Created by: peter.shapland | 2013-09-18 14:45
Associated Organization: South Dakota State University
Le Projet « Climate Change, Pastoral Resources and Livestock» (CCPRL) est un programme de « recherche pour le développement » qui met à profit nos recherches écologiques à long terme sur des systèmes pastoraux en Afrique de l'Ouest pour développer des produits de valeur directe et appliqués aux communautés pastorales. Travaillant avec une équipe interdisciplinaire et internationale (maliens, sénégalais et américains) de chercheurs, éducateurs, étudiants et avec les ONG, nous développons un modèle de systèmes pastoraux (intégrant la dynamique de la végétation, le bétail, l’écohydrologie et les tendances d'utilisation des terres). Ce modèle peut être utilisé pour explorer de quelle façon le changement climatique et l'utilisation des terres auront un impact sur les futures ressources pastorales en Afrique de l'Ouest. Nous allons également traduire la recherche scientifique fondamentale pour aider les communautés pauvres à se préparer et à s'adapter aux changements d’avenir, pour améliorer l'état nutritionnel et réduire la vulnérabilité des communautés pastorales locales.
Chercheur Principal: Niall Hanan (South Dakota State University)
Université de Bamako, Institute Polytechnique Rural, Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières, Association pour le Développement Intégré dans la Savane et au Sahel, Centre d’Etudes et de Promotion Agropastorale, L'Association Nationale pour la Promotion de l'Elevage au Sénégal
Created by: admin | 2013-09-13 12:27
Associated Organization: SPREP, GEF, UNDP, AusAid
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.
Created by: admin | 2013-09-10 19:06
Associated Organization: UNEP, WMO, UNESCO
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.
Created by: buvad | 2013-09-03 15:41
Associated Organization: Butakoola Village Association for Development
Lightning-Thunder strikes in Kayunga District and Uganda as a whole, are a horrible threat, hitting school children with their teachers and killing them in numbers. A survey by BUVAD shows that 90% of the schools in Kayunga District lack lightning-thunder arrestor gadgets and parents cannot fund raise for them. BUVAD will sensitize children on thunder avoidance measures and install thunder arrestor gadgets at 40 community primary schools in Kayunga. BUVAD will also donate rubber sandals.
Lightning-Thunder Strikes have been noted to be one of the side effects of climate change issues which disaster is claiming lives in numbers in minute seconds! Hence BUVAD is coming in to substantiate on the government efforts to combat the challenge.
Created by: lizzy_leighty | 2013-08-08 00:20
Associated Organization: aWhere, Inc.
The platform, aWhere Weather, offers free access to historical, daily-observed and 8 days of daily forecasted ‘localized’ weather data for locations in South Asia; West, East and Southern Africa; Cental America; and Mexico.
Created by: admin | 2013-07-04 20:50
Associated Organization: UN-HABITAT, UNISDR
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]
Created by: CharlotteKing | 2013-07-04 15:14
Associated Organization: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (Switzerland); National Development and Reform Council (China); the INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE Group (Global)
The overarching aim of Phase 1 of the China and South-South Scoping Assessment for Learning and Development initiative is to identify key opportunities and avenues for South-South learning and climate compatible development and how to best channel resources to share China's and developing countries' experiences of integrating climate adaptation into the development process. This project is being implemented in ten (10) countries across three regions including Africa (Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda); Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia) and the Caribbean (Grenada, Jamaica). Final outputs from Phase 1, including the Full Report and Country Reports follow details on the project below.
Read more at www.ccadaptation.org.cn
Created by: shimwepya1 | 2013-06-17 10:32
Associated Organization: WWF Eastern and Southern Africa Programme Office (ESARPO)
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
Created by: admin | 2013-06-14 19:58
Associated Organization: Oxfam
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
The Impact of Climate Change on Coffee in Uganda: Lessons from a case study in the Rwenzori Mountains
Created by: admin | 2013-06-14 19:51
Associated Organization: Oxfam
Coffee is a major cash crop in Uganda, but research shows that the smallholder farmers who produce 90% of it could have their already vulnerable livelihoods made more vulnerable by climate change.
Oxfam’s research project interviewed coffee farmers in the Rwenzori Mountains and found that they are aware that the climate is changing and becoming less predictable, and have used various adaptation strategies. But for Arabica coffee, which can only be grown at high altitudes in Uganda, climate change and rising temperatures are likely to further restrict the areas in which it can be grown.
This report makes recommendations for adapting coffee production in Uganda to reduce the impact of climate change on the economy and to reduce the risks that smallholder farmers will fall further into poverty. Read more http://cc.cc/OSkg
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
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.