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.

Lessons I took away from my first Adaptation Futures Conference

13 December 2018 // Cities, Climate adaptation, Knowledge creation and management, Water

In June 2018 around 1300 scientists, practitioners, community members and policy makers from all over the world gathered in Cape Town for a dialogue on adaptation solutions. I was among this group, participating in my first Adaptation Futures conference.

Climate change and African urban sanitation systems: Notes from Africa Water Week

04 December 2018 // Cities, Climate smart infrastructure, Livelihoods, Politics and Governance, Water

The provision of safely managed sanitation services for African cities was high on the agenda at the 7th Africa Water Week. 700 million Africans don’t have access to improved sanitation and massive a infrastructure gap and financing shortfall for the sector remains over Africa. FCFA hosted a discussion on the impacts of climate change on the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure, particularly for growing informal settlements that characterise urbanisation across the continent.

Africa Water Week 2018: Inclusive urban WASH services under climate change

26 November 2018 // Cities, Climate smart infrastructure, Politics and Governance, Water

Watch presentations and videos from our session on "Inclusive and sustainable urban water, sanitation and drainage services under climate change – lessons from African cities" at the 7th Africa Water Week.

Watch the webinar: Communicating climate information and uncertainties better: Cognitive psychology insights and practical experiences

14 November 2018 // Climate information, Knowledge creation and management

Researchers, national meteorological agencies and civil society face many challenges when trying to communicate climate information and uncertainty to decision-makers. These challenges include i) making data visualisations and probabilistic information more accessible, ii) building trust with stakeholders, and iii) working with decision-makers, under significant time and resource constraints, to co-produce relevant information.

The lived experience of a flood: What does climate change feel like?

31 October 2018 // Extreme weather, Water

The Lake Victoria basin is feeling the effects of changing global climate patterns, and especially so in Kampala (Uganda) and Kisumu (Kenya). These cities, as with urban areas across East Africa and beyond, have all of the elements of a “perfect storm” – rapid, unplanned development, burgeoning populations and inadequate WASH services.

What latest assessment on global warming means for southern Africa

12 October 2018 // Agriculture, Climate information, Extreme weather, Water

The release this week of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on global warming of 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels marks a critical point in climate negotiations. Billed in the media as “life changing,” the report illustrates how crossing the ever-nearer threshold of 1.5℃ warming will affect the planet, and how difficult it will be to avoid overshooting this target.