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1st Quarter, 2012

Dear Reader

We are pleased to share news of START programs and projects on:

Communication

START Annual Report 2010-2011

Stakeholder Dialogue on Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services

ACCFP COP 17 Participation

Capacity Building

Call for Applications: Advanced Institute on Forensic Investigation of Disasters: Southeast Asia

2011/2012 Adaptation Science and Adaptation Policy Fellows Begin Work in Africa

Research & Assessments

Call for Proposals: DRR & Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia

Grants for GEC Research in Africa

Urban Poverty & Climate Change in Dar Es Salaam: A Case Study

We appreciate your continued interest and support!

Communication

START Annual Report 2010-2011

The START Annual Report 2010-2011 is now available for download!

In 2010-2011, START programs and activities advanced research and assessments on agriculture and food security, biodiversity and ecosystems, and urbanization; facilitated multi-stakeholder dialogues on climate change and development; supported training programs on analysis and interpretation of climate model data; and promoted strategic planning on education.

To download the 2010-2011 START Annual Report, please visit http://start.org/ar/ar10-11.html


Stakeholder Dialogue on Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services in the Albertine Rift Region, Dar es Salaam, November 2011

The Stakeholder Dialogue on Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services in the Albertine Rift Region brought together scientists, practitioners, NGO representatives and decision-makers in interactive discussions that underscored the significant risks to biodiversity from multiple stressors in the region, primarily land use change, conflict, population growth, resource exploitation, invasive species and climate change. Participants emphasized a continued need for capacity building in support of risk assessments, education, knowledge sharing and networking to enable informed decision-making for conservation. They strongly recommend an integrated approach that balanced conservation goals with sustainable development priorities.

The International START Secretariat and the Pan-African START Secretariat at the University of Dar es Salaam collaboratively organized this dialogue. Check out the START Website soon for news about Biodiversity in the Albertine Rift!

ACCFP COP 17 Participation

Six African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP) alumni were selected on a competitive basis to represent the program at UNFCCC COP 17, held 28 November - 9 December 2011 in Durban, South Africa. ACCFP Alumni's participation in the COP 17 was supported by the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) program.

Ms. Arame Tall and Dr. Saidu Oseni presented their fellowship work at a joint ACCFP-AfricaAdapt session: Knowledge as currency: Generating and disseminating knowledge for climate change adaptation in Africa. Tall and Oseni highlighted experiences from the inaugural phases of the ACCFP and demonstrated the significant role of local knowledge generation and sharing in advancing African adaptation.

In the IDRC-START official COP 17 side event, Building the knowledge base for African adaptation choices, Dr. Chipo Mubaya and Dr. Felix Olorunfemi addressed Africa's pressing adaptation needs and the demand for evidence-based responses. The panelists provided lessons from the ACCP and shared successes and challenges in linking research to decision-making.

ACCFP's final side event, Updates from climate change science - special focus: Africa was an IDRC-START formal COP 17 side event organized by the UNFCCC. Dr. Mzime Ndebele-Murisa presented research on modeling that assessed impacts of climate change and vulnerability of fish stocks in Lake Kariba. Dr. Saidu Oseni shared his research findings on climate change adaptation to extreme climate variability in pastoral systems in arid Kenya.

Check out video blogs from ACCFP alumni on START's website and peruse additional photos of the ACCFP COP 17 participation on START's Facebook page.

Capacity Building

Call for Applications: Advanced Institute on Forensic Investigation of Disasters - Southeast Asia

The IRDR International Centre of Excellence (ICoE) in Taipei, together with STARTm IRDR and the International Council for Science (ICSU), is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the 2012 Advanced Institute on Forensic Investigation of Disasters (FORIN) - Southeast Asia. The Institute, to be held 12-18 March 2012 at the IRDR ICoE in Taipei, will provide approximately 15-20 young to middle-career researchers and practitioners from Southeast Asia with the enhanced understanding, skills and resources to design, organize and carry out FORIN related studies in their own countries. Institute sessions will include educational modules, hands-on interactive exercises and field visits. Special attention will be given to disasters that have impacted cities in Southeast Asia. The deadline for applications is 16 February 2012. For more information and to download the Call for Applications, click here.

2011/2012 Adaptation Science and Adaptation Policy Fellows Begin Work in Africa

The African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP) provides experiential learning, education, research and training opportunities to African professionals, researchers and graduate students to enhance their capabilities for advancing and applying knowledge for climate change adaptation in Africa. Participating Fellows receive small grants that enable them to undertake extended visits to universities, research institutes or other partner organizations within Africa, where they collaborate with a Host Mentor to implement individually-designed projects.

A total of 44 Fellows from 18 African countries completed projects under the first round of ACCFP Fellowship awards (2008-2010). A second round of Fellowships was awarded in late 2011 - see the list below for Fellows' names, countries and institutional addiliations! A third Call for Applications for the ACCFP was released in early 2012 and awardees are expected to be announced soon.

A special call for ACCFP Adaptation Teaching Fellowships will be released later this week. Please visit the ACCFP website at www.accfp.org for more information and to download the 2012 Teaching Fellowship Call for Applications and Application Form.

ACCFP Adaptation Science Fellows 2011

Amidu Olowabi AYENI, Nigeria
Home: University of Lagos
Host: CSIR - Pretoria

Georges DJOHY, Benin
Home: University of Parakou, Faculty of Agronomy
Host: NISER, Nigeria

Koulou Jeremie FONTODJI, Togo
Home: Université de Lomé, Faculté des Sciences
Host: Université de Parakou, Benin

Martial GAPIA, Central African Republic
Home: Université de Bangui, Département de Géographie
Host: CIFOR - Central Africa Regional Office

Ouedraogo ISSA, Burkina Faso
Home: Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA)
Host: Walker Institute for Climate System Research, University of Reading

Bernard Kibet KIRUI, Kenya
Home: Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
Host: IRA-UDSM

Yao Etienne KOUAKOU, Côte d'Ivoire
Home: Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire
Host: CDRT, University Cadi Ayyad

Adnew MEKONNEN, Ethiopia
Home: Addis Ababa University
Host: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Grace MUDOMBI, Zimbabwe
Home: University of Zimbabwe
Host: IRA-UDSM

Tolo Cassim MUMBA, Uganda
Home: Mbarara University of Science & Technology
Host: IRA-UDSM

Francis Opiyo OMONDI, Kenya
Home: University of Nairobi
Host: African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)

Hodabalo PEREKI, Togo
Home: Université de Lomé
Host: CIFOR - West Africa Regional Office

Armel SAMBO, Cameroon
Home: Institut Superieur du Sahel (ISS) – Université de Maroua
Host: CDRT, University Cadi Ayyad

Galine YANON, Chad
Home: Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar
Host: AGRYHMET Regional Center – Nigeria

Bamutaze YAZIDHI, Uganda
Home: Makerere University
Host: Makerere University

ACCFP Adaptation Policy Fellows 2011

Happison CHIKOVA, Zimbabwe
Home: Help Initiatives for People Organisation
Host: IRA-UDSM

Charlotte Fonocho ENJOH, Cameroon
Home: Consultants and Intermediaries in Mining, Energy and Environment
Host: Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society (CWCS)

Seth KAYOMBA, Uganda
Home: Biodiversity Conservation for Rural Development - Uganda (BCRD-Uganda)
Host: Egerton University

Bessie MADZIWA, Zimbabwe
Home: Zvishavane Water Project
Host: IRA-UDSM

Luc Lango MUMBERE, DR Congo
Home: Tanya Center for Conservation Biology
Host: IRA-UDSM

Rutendo NHONGONHEMA, Zimbabwe
Home: Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development
Host: Walker Institute for Climate System Research, University of Reading

Godfrey OLUKA, Uganda
Home: Kampala Capital City Authority
Host: Walker Institute for Climate System Research, University of Reading

Comlan Medard OUINAKONHAN, Benin
Home: Direction Générale de l’Environnement du Ministère de l'Environnement et de la protection de la nature
Host: Université de Parakou

Mahlalele Eunice THLALI, Lesotho
Home: Department of Water Affairs
Host: WaterNET

Research & Assessments

Call for Proposals: Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia

START, with funding from CDKN, is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals (CFP) for research on integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for resilient development in South Asia. We expect to fund up to five research projects of a maximum $110,000 USD for up to 19-months’ duration. The geographical scope of the CFP is Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

For more information, please visit http://start.org/programs/call-for-proposals-disaster-risk-reduction-in-south-asia

START Grants for Global Environmental Change (GEC) Research in Africa

In August, START announced the grantees for the 2011 START Grants for Global Environmental Change Research in Africa. The theme of this year's Call for Applications was climate change, agriculture, and food security with an emphasis on the sustainability of ecosystem services. The 16 grants awarded to 64 cooperating scientists across 16 African countries are detailed at http://start.org/programs/africangec/2011-grants

Support for this Africa grants program is provided by the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) through the US National Science Foundation, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) initiative.

This month START is highlighting the research of Dr. Crespo and his team as part of an ongoing spotlight of the grantees.

“Improving Seasonal Forecast Information for Managing On-farm Decisions”

Principal Investigator
Dr. Olivier CRESPO

Dr. Mark TADROSS

Dr. Peter JOHNSTON

Prof. Sue WALKER

This collaborative project conducted by Principal Investigator Dr. Olivier Crespo and Co-Investigators Dr. Mark Tadross, Dr. Peter Johnston and Prof. Sue Walker seeks to test and understand how downscaling climate forecasts can improve seasonal forecast development and delivery for farmers in two site locations in South Africa. This project aims to define and develop tactical decision-making tools that allow farmers to integrate climate information for specific cropping systems into anticipatory planning and farm management decisions. The study includes communication experts that will identify communication barriers as they engage with local stakeholders and work to facilitate approaches that improve communication of seasonal forecast and management adaptation options.

Recently, START staff members asked Dr. Crespo, the Principal Investigator (PI) of the project, to answer a few questions. The interview is available online here.

Urban Poverty and Climate Change in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania: A Case Study

Over 70% of Dar Es Salaam’s four million residents live in informal, unplanned settlements. Over half of them survive on the equivalent of roughly $1 US Dollar per day. With a population growth rate of approximately 8% per year, Dar Es Salaam is one of the fastest-growing cities in sub-Saharan Africa. City and municipal authorities face significant challenges in providing new or even maintaining adequate, existing infrastructure and services for this increasingly vulnerable population.

The International START Secretariat and the Institute of Resource Assessment at the University of Dar es Salaam recently partnered with Ardhi University and the Tanzania Meteorological Agency to assess key aspects of vulnerability of the urban poor in Dar Es Salaam and to understand how climate risks magnify these vulnerabilities. The study identified a number of actions, policies and programs with potential to increase the resilience of Dar Es Salaam to climate change, including possibilities for reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions while also generating local benefits with respect to human health and livelihoods of the urban poor.

The Dar es Salaam study was one of four urban case studies supported by the World Bank Institute and world Mayors’ Task Force for Urban Poverty and Climate Change in 2010.

The case study is available for download here.

Photo Credit: UN-HABITAT (2010)


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