IRAP Newsletter November 2016

  • Tim F. and Zack G. are completing a draft of a manuscript that describes the opportunities and barriers for climate information to build resilience to stresses Jamaican coffee farmers experience (namely, climate, disease and financial risks). This manuscript will tentatively be sent out to co-authors by the end of 2016. 
  • Andrea G. (and many other coauthors) is finishing a manuscript that articulates a process oriented framework to monitor RCOFs. The paper will be submitted to Regional Environmental Change in January.
  • Christina G. (with CIMH, Andrea G., and Zack G. as co-authors) are completing the first draft of the paper entitle: “Built for Purpose? The Capacity of Caribbean Climate Service Providers to Implement the GFCS”. This reports on an assessment of the climate service providers in the Caribbean, including a survey and focus groups (4 total) conducted at the Dominica and Grenada CariCOFs.
  • The Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR) team co-hosted a two-day stakeholder and project partner workshop in Jamaica on Nov 11 and 12. Approximate 20 people added day 1 and ~10 people day two. Day 1 was structured to present and discuss IRAP work. Day 2 was structured to create a partnership to develop and implement a series of capacity building efforts in the BM. Participants on Day 2 included: FAO, ACDI-VOCA, IICA, Coffee Industry Board (CIB), JM Met Service (JMS), University of West Indies (UWI). The capacity building efforts will include a training of the trainers (e.g. extension) workshop and 3 separate community workshops in each of the selected communities; details still need to be worked out. The objectives of these events are to (1) engender awareness and use of climate and weather information and its connection to coffee, (2) help guide the tailoring of climate information, and (3) develop an appropriate and routine communication mechanism. Our partners are making substantial in-kind and financial contributions (IICA), including the funding of the two day workshop, and dedicating personnel to help lead and organize the events (ACDI-VOCA, JMS, CIB).
  • Rutgers University Climate Symposium was held on November 16, 2016 with a climate and health theme. Hannah N. presented a poster on IRAP work: ”Heat health in Bangladesh: defining and predicting heat waves across timescales”
  • Hannah N. presented on IRAP work under the same title: ”Heat health in Bangladesh: defining and predicting heat waves across timescales” at the Columbia University Earth Institute Symposium: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Development in a Changing World held on December 8, 2016.
Other Presentations
  • In November 2016 Diana L. participated in a workshop with philanthropists, business sustainability leaders, and UN agencies on Planetary Boundaries in Thailand where she spoke on the importance of social science research in the response to climate.
  • Diana L. was the keynote speaker at Guatemala’s 2nd National Climate Change Conference in October 2016 and spent several days with the Institute for Climate Change Research of Guatemala discussing potential collaborations on climate impacts and services.
  • Diana L. was a plenary speaker on climate knowledge for adaptation at Mexico’s 6th National Congress on Climate Change in October 2016. She also participated in a day long workshop on gender and climate change and met with representatives of INECC (the Mexican National Institute for Environment and Climate Change).

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