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Conflict Resolution: a climate adaptation in East Africa?

13 February 2019 // Climate adaptation, Extreme weather, Livelihoods

One of the toughest questions that climate scientists are hoping to answer for East Africa, is what will happen with the region’s tropical rainfall patterns and what that will mean for its two wet seasons. The most up-to-date findings draw together the results of 40 different climate models, giving policy makers in the region something of a roadmap which can help them plan towards a future where drought and flood events will become more extreme and less predictable.

PAMACC-WISER African Reporting Fellowships

07 February 2019 // Climate Services, Knowledge creation and management

The Pan African Media Alliance for Climate Change (PAMACC) has partnered with SouthSouthNorth Projects Africa (SSNA) which is acting on behalf of Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) to have its member journalists report deeply on the social and political implications of delivering weather and climate services in East Africa.

Filmmaking to support agri-extension in Uganda

06 February 2019 // Agriculture, Knowledge creation and management

The old style of supporting farmers in Uganda was to send a government-employed agricultural extension officer out into the field. He’d travel from farm to farm with information on the latest in crop sciences, or a seasonal forecast from the local met office.

Bull’s-eye set for West Africa’s ‘great green wall’ of trees

30 January 2019 // Agriculture, Climate information, Climate science, Extreme weather

The Sahara has slowly been edging its toe southwards for decades, as heavy grazing, farmers cutting trees for firewood, and drought are turning the edge of the semi-arid Sahel region of Africa into a desert. The ‘great green wall’ is an ambitious tree-planting programme that aims to rope in the cooperation of 20 different countries, from Senegal in the west, to Sudan and Eritrea in the east, to throw a wall of green in its path, and arrest the desert’s spread.

Embracing the uncomfortable silences in climate information exchange

24 January 2019 // Cities, Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science, Knowledge creation and management, Water

When climate and social science researchers sat down with a roomful of city managers and technicians in the Namibian capital of Windhoek in August 2018, someone from the city’s wastewater treatment plant threw them a curve-ball: what, she asked, are the projections for when water temperatures in the city might climb beyond a certain point?

15 African researchers to receive £1.5m to conduct research on impacts of climate change in Africa

23 January 2019 // Climate information, Extreme weather, Livelihoods

Over the next year, CR4D will support research into identified priority areas for climate change and development linkages.

Newsletter - December 2018

14 January 2019 //

Welcome to the December 2018 edition of the Future Climate for Africa newsletter

What if applied research projects required a carbon budget, alongside a financial one?

21 December 2018 // Climate adaptation, Knowledge creation and management

In our capitalist world, financial dimensions are often at least implicit in our decisions.  We are accustomed to designing our projects within an allocated budget, ensuring that we are able to maximise value for money by ensuring optimal effectiveness and efficiency of resources.

WASCAL and AMMA-2050 set roadmap to activate science-policy links in West Africa

20 December 2018 // Climate information, Climate science

In November, members of WASCAL and AMMA-2050 met with decision makers to develop a roadmap to strengthen linkages between researchers and policymakers in West Africa. Discussions focused on different knowledge-exchange approaches to bridge the science-policy divide, as well as strengthening resilience to climate-related risks within the disaster risk reduction and agricultural sectors across West Africa.

Writeshops - key tools for generating outputs in international research projects

13 December 2018 // Climate information, Knowledge creation and management

With large projects comprised of international teams, we are used to working at distance from our colleagues. Modern communication tools make this possible and effective, but sometimes there is no substitute for coming together in person. One of the circumstances where face-to-face interaction is essential is when colleagues based in different countries want  to produce a paper or other output collaboratively.