Environment and Geography
Isaac Mugume from Makerere University, has received funding to work on the project "Tailoring Climate Services for improved Agricultural Production" (LOCATE). The project will make climate services, especially seasonal weather prediction more relevant to agriculture via the Uganda National Meteorological Authority.
Masters student Valentina Giombini had findings from her research on the social value of green spaces in Windhoek, Namimbia, published in the Oct 2019 ACDI Newsletter. http://www.acdi.uct.ac.za/news/what-potential-riverbeds-arid-post-apartheid-city-adapting-climate-change
Development Corridor Partnership
Rob Marchant and Jessica Thorn talk about the work they are doing within the Development Corridor Partnership https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bXtsqdlOAha32Dx6WpkbJYZJ2AKx2CoU/view?usp=sharing_eil&ts=5db15e87
Participatory Scenario Planning
The Development Corridors Partnership has a new link to their website showing their work across E. Africa. https://developmentcorridors.org/project/participatory-scenario-planning/
Next Einstein Forum Fellowship
Congratulations go to Jessica Thorn, who has been selected for the Next Einstein Forum Fellowship through the African Women In Climate Change Science. NEF Fellowship Thorn (PDF , 119kb)
Under support from the EU and National Geographic, Aida Cuní-Sanchez has been setting up plots in the Congo rainforest, coring lakes and interviewing different communities about their use of the forest resources and current challenges they are experiencing regarding climate and land use changes.
Climate Change Priority Setting Consultative Meeting, Ghana
Jessica Thorn attended the above meeting, hosted at the University of Ghana, with the African Academy Of Sciences and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They explored opportunities for African scientists and policy communities to work more effectively to address the challenhges climate change poses to the continent.
Beekeepers in the Taita Hills
Rebecca Newman was presenting her work on, Land Use and Climate Interactions with Beekeeper Livelihoods in the Taita Hills, Kenya, at the IALE conference.
Aida Cunì Sanchez is currently in Eastern Congo, working on forest biodiversity and community relationships, funded by the National Geographic.
New issue of Internet Archaeology
New issue on Environmental Archaeology - Theory and Practice: looking Back, Moving Forwards. Reflecting on changes and developments in environmental archaeology.http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue53/index.html
Next Einstein Forum interview
Jessica Thorn was interviewed by Next Einstein Forum, illuminating the opportunities and challenges in the conservation of Africa's biodiversity today. https://medium.com/next-einstein-forum/will-africa-take-full-advantage-of-its-biodiversity-2c0314c20650
Documentary now online
The final version of the REAL web documentary "changes" is now online http://webdocs-sciences-sociales.science/real/
Climate change meeting
A meeting facilitated by Jessica Thorn on “Bayesian modelling for climate change, land use change and food security” was held at the Taita Rocks Hotel, in Wundanyi, in collaboration with the University of York, University of Helsinki, Colorado State University and ETH Zurich and the CHIESA and AFERIA research programmes
Jessica Thorn has won a prestigious award from the Africa Academy of Sciences. The project will determine impacts of seasonal variability on water supply in rural areas, assessing water-related infrastructure on ecosystem wellbeing, identifying barriers, and examining future scenarios. The University of York staff development fund will support incorporating water-related ecological infrastructure into the Masters curriculum for "Urban Planning and Design" at the Namibian University Of Science and Technology.
Graham Fox (McGill University), in collaboration with Piranto Mosiary (University of Nairobi) shot and produced the following video. Funded by a grant from National Geographic Society it documents the impact the invasive cactus, Opuntia stricta, is having on Laikipia North. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6z4sc7vEF8
IHOPE family of projects
ARCC is now part of the IHOPE family of projects. http://ihopenet.org.preview.binero.se/adaptation-and-resilience-eastern-africa/
New KITE group member
Welcome to Nicole Chico Ortiz, a new member to the KITE group. Nicole is working on a project entitled, "Abundance and distribution of microplastics in marine sediments". The study will consist in the analysis of these across an intertidal zone and a mangrove in Ghana.
Workshops in Zanzibar
Rebecca Newman has been running participatory workshops in Pemba, Zanzibar to identify the differences in past, present and land use in a 'business as usual,and a sustainable future scenario. It appears the cross cutting issue which to focus on in the multi stakeholder workshops is deforestation as it spans across water, energy and food challenge.
New land use scenario tool
Congratulations go to Claudia Capitani creator of the land use scenario tool "Kesho" which has been applied on a number of projects across East Africa. Claudia is currently working on the Biopama project at JRC. https://biopama.org/
Photography competition winner
Congratulations to Ran Parwenn who won the Departmental Photography competition with her picture "Gujjar community women carrying headload of fodder" coming from her work on Traditional Ecological Knowledge and links to conservation around Jim Corbett National Park in northern India.
Jessica Thorn was invited to give a keynote at Ain Shams University, Cairo, February 2019. entitled “Embracing non-linearity: Scenario analysis for African land use transitions” and a paper on “Indigenous and scientific knowledge of soil regulation services, and factors effecting decision-making in agricultural landscapes in the Terai Plains of Nepal”. The conference’s main topics were: urban development and smart cities for Africa; agriculture, water resources, food security and Climate Change bringing together an international research and development community from all parts of Africa.
Less than 30% researchers worldwide are women
An article in the New Times Rwanda, summarizes some of the discussion, hosted by the "African Institute of Mathematical Sciences" in Kigaliu, Rwanda on 11 February, highlighting that United Nations data shows that less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. https://www.newtimes.co.rw/lifestyle/where-women-science#.XGURfr3TSs0.twitter
Funding for Beekeepers
Rebecca Newman has received funding for training of the beekeepers in Taita Hills, Kenya from the Bees Abroad Trustees. The project is to support Beekeepers to improve their beekeeping skills, in terms of hive management and harvesting for maximum benefit.
Global Challenges Research Fund Project
New DCP project flyer produced that details an overview of the work UK, Chinese, and East African partners will collaborate on under the Global Challenges Research Fund project.
New project starting
Josh Kirshner and Rob Marchant, working as part of a team led by Henrice Altink (History) and Paul Kerswill (Linguistics), have received funding for a project on small scale mining in Ghana 'Managing small-scale mining: Assessing the potential for a more environmentally-sustainable and socially inclusive small-scale gold mining industry in Ghana.' This interdisciplinary scoping project aims to establish guidelines towards the sustainable management of this mining.
New project starting
Aida Cuní Sanchez has received funding from National Geographic for a new project 'Montane forest ecology in the Albertine Rift: new past and present insights to guide future conservation.' This project will significantly increase our understanding of how tropical montane forests function. Given the limited botanical research in the area we could discover new species. Results from the study will help determine informed management interventions for this Reserve.
Comment on the dying baobabs
Aida Cuní Sanchez comments on the recent news story about the death of some of Africa's oldest baobab trees. Read the full article here.
New Article out
Press release goes out about work led by Rob Marchant and other KITE members. For the first time, scientists have brought together a significant volume of data describing on-land climate variability to show the nature and impact of environmental change in East Africa. The article is available for free download until 15th April 2018.
New project starting
A new project is starting at KITE with Rob Marchant and Anthony Onyekuru 'Eco regional assessment and mapping of cost effective adaption strategies to the impact of climate change among crop farmers in West Africa'. This project is funded by the BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account at the University of York.
Congratulations to Delphine Joly who has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, to be supervised by Rob Marchant, we look forward to welcome Delphine later in the year. The AHEAD (A Human and Environmental history of the Atacama Desert: understanding ecological and archaeological interactions in arid areas of South America) project will look to reveal the use of fuelwood resources in negotiating human survival in three contrasting desert areas in South America over the long-term; from foraging subsistence societies to colonial mining.
The newly-established Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany, is offering post-doctoral positions in a number of key areas to start 1 Sept, 2016:
1. Post-doctoral Researcher in Stable Isotopes
2. Group leader/Post-doctoral Researcher in Proteomics
3. Post-doctoral Researcher in Dental Calculus Studies
4. Post-doctoral Researcher in Archaeobotany
5. Post-doctoral Researcher in Pleistocene Archaeology
6. Post-doctoral Researcher in Holocene Archaeology
7. Post-doctoral Researcher in Palaeoenviromental Studies
8. Post-doctoral Researcher in Computational Modelling
Applications with a focus on Africa are prefable.
The deadline for applications is April 25, 2016.
More info at: http://www.shh.mpg.de/163727/Specified-Postdoctoral-Positions