|Winter School: Using climate information for adaptation and policy development
|30 June 2014 - 11 July 2014
The Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) based at the University of Cape Town conducted its annual course, 'Winter School : Using climate information for adaptation and policy development' from 30 June-11 July 2014. This 2-week intensive course has been developed specifically for participants from developing country and aims to take participants through the full spectrum of climate and climate change related topics. These include understanding:
- Risk and vulnerability framing
- Climate modelling
- Climate change scenarios
- Accessing and understanding climate information
- Climate adaptation frameworks
- Downscaling methods
- Adaptation planning, policy and decision making
FANRPAN (Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Prof Paul Mapfumo and Lufingo Mwamakamba) facilitated a session on Climate Smart Agriculture: Policy and Decision Making for Climate Change and Adaptation, using a case study conducted FANRPAN and the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on CSA policies in 16 countries (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe). This CSA programme is supported by development partners that include the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD).
The objectives of the training was to:
- Provide an overview of the CSA approaches;
- Evaluate current CSA related policies in East and Southern Africa (including environmental, water, agricultural , land , trade and development policies);
- Provide in-depth assessment of current CSA developmental and research initiatives in East and Southern Africa;
- Provide overview of national CSA institutional arrangements and key stakeholders in place;
- Evaluate major gaps in current CSA policies and frameworks;
- Develop recommendations of what is needed to ensure that CSA policies are improved in terms of relevance and effectiveness?
Attendees of the course came from professionals who are dealing with decision and policy development incorporating climate and climate change issues within many sectors including Government Departments and Ministries, City Councils and Local Municipalities, NGO’s, corporate organizations and environmental consultancies.
For more information visit: http://www.csag.uct.ac.za/winterschool