UNDP Climate Innovations Network - January 2016 Newsletter Building resilience with climate information and early warning systems
An upcoming UNDP publication examining "A New Vision for Weather and Climate Services in Africa" is scheduled for worldwide release this March. The publication includes a number of features from external contributors that highlight innovative African platforms and enterprises that are bridging the "Last Mile" to bring climate-smart products and services to farmers. The publication will be shared via this newsletter, on the CIRDA website and with media outlets worldwide. Here's an advance look at two features.
LINKING SMALLHOLDER FARMERS TO INSURANCE The Agriculture and Climate Risk Enterprise, better known as Acre Africa, links farmers to insurance products so that they can confidently invest in their farms and protect their futures. The company seeks to foster equity, fairness and innovation in the agricultural sector through localized solutions that reduce climate-associated risk.
Learn More (http://undp-cirda.blogspot.com/2016/01/linking-smallholder-farmers-to-insurance.html) | Extended Examination from UNDP on Agricultural Insurance (http://www.slideshare.net/gbenchwick/using-weather-and-climate-information-for-agricultural-insurance-in-africa)
AFRICAN CENTRES FOR LIGHTNING AND ELECTROMAGNETICS Global lightning occurrence maps based on satellite data show that many parts of the African continent have the highest lightning strike densities in the world. The African Centres for Lightning and Electromagnetics (ACLE) is a pan-African network dedicated to decreasing deaths, injuries and property damage due to lightning.
Learn More (http://undp-cirda.blogspot.com/2016/01/african-centres-for-lightning-and.html)
LIBERIA MISSION REPORT
During the civil war, most of Liberia's hydrological and meteorological observation infrastructure was destroyed. On a recent two-day support mission the CIRDA team came across plenty of silent witnesses to the conflict. And, obviously, very few serviceable meteorological and hydrological observation systems. In his mission report, CIRDA Hydrology Expert Joost Hoedjes discusses the advantages of the new LTA, insights work in the field, and possible synergies with the private sector.
Learn More (https://groups.google.com/d/msg/cirda/KJ-iOhKfVXM/OPIgzFMMFgAJ)
TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CLIMATE ACTION HACKATHON With the goal of creating an innovation-driven crowd-sourced space for big thinkers and techno-visionaries to come together, the UNDP's Programme on Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA) is inviting developers, mobile application gurus and students to a three-day hackathon and innovations incubator March 15 to 17 in Livingstone, Zambia. The UNDP will be providing up to 25 travel scholarships that cover travel, lodging and meals during the event, which will run in parallel with a multinational UNDP workshop addressing "The Last Mile: Saving lives, improving livelihoods and increasing resiliency with tailored weather information services for a changing climate."
Apply Today (http://www.undp-alm.org/climate-action-hackathon) | Project Brief (http://www.undp-alm.org/sites/default/files/uploaded-images/hackathon-project-brief-final.pdf) | The Last Mile (http://www.undp-alm.org/projects/cirda/meetings-and-workshops)
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