ICCA ANNUAL REPORT 2014

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Wamba Community Enjoying lunch bought by ICCA Students

 

 

Introduction

 

Climate studies and modelling experiments indicate that the anthropogenically-driven rise in global temperatures and land-use changes may adversely affect existing climatic, hydrological and environmental conditions. Multiple stresses make most of Africa highly vulnerable to environmental changes, and climate change is likely to increase this vulnerability. Specific impacts include desertification, sea level rise, reduced freshwater availability, cyclones, coastal erosion, deforestation, loss of forest quality, woodland degradation, coral bleaching, the spread of malaria and other diseases, and impacts on food security. The expected changes are expected to continue beyond the cessation of the rise of green house gases due to the long half-life of some important gases like carbon 

 

Africa’s environment is closely linked with its climate. Indeed, the African continent is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change and is already subject to frequent droughts, floods and famine. The livelihoods of most Africans are largely dependent on utilization of land-based resources, as well as on freshwater lacustrine and riverine systems as sources of potable water, fish, transport etc. As a result of this dependency and widespread poverty, the African communities are particularly vulnerable to the effects and impacts of climate change. In contrast the African governments have no established social security systems to cushion citizens against these climate-induced risks.

 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) notes in the fifth assessment report of 2014 that in spite of lessons learned since 2007, most of the adaptation measures found in Africa are reactive and in response to short term motivations. Given that the expected changes in climate are currently being felt and are expected to impact well into the future, the institute aims to address these challenges through developing home grown strategies for adaptation and mitigation beginning with capacity building at post graduate level. 

 

Programs offered in the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation

The following academic programmes are offered at the institute:

 

·   M.Sc. in Climate Change Adaptation;

·   PhD in Climate Change Adaptation

 

2.   Enrolled students in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes

The following table gives the level of study and gender composition of the students enrolled in the courses listed above.

S/No Category            Year of Study            Female               Male                Total

1.      MCCA                  2012-2013                   2                      3                      5

2.      MCCA                  2013-2014                   7                      15                    22

3.      MCCA                  2014-2015                   12                    13                    25

4.      PhDCCA              2012-2013                   13                    8                      21

5.      PhDCCA              2013-2014                   11                    12                    23

6.      PhDCCA              2014-2015                   9                      12                    21

7.      TOTAL                                                                                                    163

 

 

3.      International Student Component

The following table gives the distribution of foreign student population by country

No

Country

Number of Students

Masters

PhD

Total

1

Korea

1

0

1

2

Malawi

0

1

1

 

Ghana

0

1

1

3

Uganda

0

2

2

4

Rwanda

1

0

1

5

Liberia

0

1

1

Total

2

3

5

The details of the foreign students are as given in the table below.

S/No

FULL NAMES

REG. NUMBER

GENDER

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

PROGRAMME REGISTERED

PERIOD OF STUDY

 
 

1

Mwesigwa Jasper

 

I85/91402/2013

Male

Uganda

PhD Climate Change and Adaptation

2012/2013

 

2

Samuel Akera

I85/90361/2013

 

Male

 

PhD Climate Change and Adaptation

2012/2013

 

3

Akua Aina

I85/90761/2013

Female

Ghana

PhD Climate Change and Adaptation

2012/2013

 

4

Themba Phiri

I58/71911/2011

Male

Malawi

MSc Climate Change Adaptation

2014-2015

 

5

Kim Hyung

Suk

I58/74159/2014

Male

Korea

MSc (Climate Change)

2014 - 2015

 

6

Gloriose Nsengiyumva

I58/68861/2013

Female

Rwanda

 

 

 

7

Mulbah M. David

I85/96247/2014

Male

Liberia

PhD Climate Change and Adaptation

2014/15

 

 

5.0       Research Activities Undertaken

The funded research activities in the institute include;

 

1)BRACED PROJECT  Budget GBP, 57,006.00 Total Amount, GBP 11,201.20 per year for 6 months ( March 2015).

2) TRECCAFRICA Euro 15,000 900 per month –Doctoral x 3x12=32,400 School fees – 4,000 per annum x 3=12,000

Total amount= 194,400

3) CIRCLE FELLOWSHIP BUDGET  Post Doctoral -3,200 Masters- 2,700 Total=5,900

Funds allocated to CVF (USD’S)

Post Doctoral -28,800 Masters- 26,100 Total =54,900

Total Amount = 60,800

 

 

 

 

 

Title of Research Proposal / (Role)

Collaborators

Awarding Body

Date Announced

Award Start/

End Date

Amount Awarded

Ksh.

Sustaining urban groundwater-fed water supplies and sanitation systems in Africa.

(co-PI)

Prof. R. Taylor, University College London; Prof. Cheikh Gaye, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal; Dr. M. Owor, Makerere University

Royal Society-DFID Capacity Building Initiative - Programme Grant award.

19/12/2014

Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2019

GBP 1,185,845

163, 089,263

 Groundwater risk management for growth and development (GRo for GooD).

(co-PI)

 

Prof. Rob Hope - Lead PI, University of Oxford; Prof. Bancy Mati, JKUAT, Kenya; Dr. Albert Folch, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain).

UPGro (Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor - sub-Saharan Africa), funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

17/11/2014

Mar. 2015 - Mar. 2018

GBP 1,896,000

260,756, 880

Development of Shared Groundwater Resources in the Mount Elgon Volcanic Aquifer Region under conditions of Climate Change and Variability.

(PI)

Dr. Albert Rugumayo, Ndejje University, Uganda; Dr. M. Owor, Makerere University, Uganda

IGAD-INWRMP

Jun. 2014

Jun. 2014 - Mar. 2015

EUR20,000

2,150,200

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

425,996,343

 

 

6.      International Links and Collaborations

Transdisciplinary Training for Resource Efficiency and Climate Change Adaptation in Africa: TRECCAfrica

The institute has a collaboration with TRECCAfrica (Transdisciplinary Training for Resource Efficiency and Climate Change Adaptation in Africa) that offers doctoral and master’s training to 80 postgraduate students in Africa at six leading African Universities to provide the next generation of academics and professionals who will be able to address an interlocking set of real challenges for Africa’s future development: climate change and resource depletion.

Partner institutes in the TRECCAfrica programme are:

  • University of Nairobi (through the Institute for climate Change)
  • University of Ghana Legon
  • University of Nigeria Nssuka
  • University of Botswana
  • University of Mekelle
  • University of Dar –es-salaam Tanzania

 

Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) in sub Sahara Africa

 

The programme consists of  one year Fellowships to be awarded for research proposals on impact of climate change in Africa, with up to 100 fellowships funded over four years; 40 post-MSc researchers and 60 post-doctoral researchers.

Fellowships will be specifically targeted at early career researchers in African institutions.

Prospective fellows will be nominated from African Institutions with plans to develop their research and training in climate impact research and hosted by leading African universities and research institutions in the field. Upon completion, fellows will then return to their home institutions to help develop the research and training capacity. 

The CIRCLE programme will improve research skills in early career African scientists through experiential learning under the guidance and mentorship of senior African researchers. 

The 5-year programme will also provide support and training to develop the institutional research capacity of participating institutions with quality assurance support on research career training from reputable advanced research institution. 

 

7.      Publications for the Year

The table below gives the publications by the members of staff in the department in the year 2013.

No.

AUTHOR

TITLE

JOURNAL

PERIOD

1

Olago D.O. (2014)

 The morphology and genesis of cold-phase diamicts in high altitude lake sediments of Mount Kenya, Kenya.

 

 

2

Daniel O. Olago, Eric O. Odada, Washington Ochola and Lydia Olaka

ACCESS/IUCN (2014). An Overview of Climate Change and Adaptation in Tropical Mountain Ecosystems. Prepared by African Collaborative Centre for Earth System Science (ACCESS).

 

2014

3

Olago, D., Gaye, C.,  Chaibi, T., Diop, S., Mahjoub, O., Nowbuth, M.,  Fritz, P., Facknath, S. and Kfir, R., 2014.

The Grand Challenge of Water Security in Africa: Recommendations to Policymakers. Network of African Science Academies (NASAC).

 

 

2014

4

Shem Oyoo1 Wandiga, Anthony Joachim Rodrigues2, Francis O. Odundo2 and Enos W. Wambu2

Socio-economic factors influencing the spread of drinking water diseases in rural Africa: case study of Bondo sub-county, Kenya

Journal of Water and Health

 

 

In press: doi: 10.2166/wh.2014.039106

 

 

8.      Number of staff

The institute has a new establishment which is in the process of being filled. The establishment currently comprises academic staff is as given below.

Designation                          No. of staff

Professor                   -           1

Associate Professor -           1

Senior Lecturer         -           1

Lecturer                     -           2

Assistant Lecturer    -           0

Tutorial Fellow        -           2

Total                           -           8

 

 

9.      Papers Presented at Conferences and other Academic Fora

The following papers were presented by the indicated members of staff from the department in conferences and other academic forums.

 

S/No.

Name/s

Title

Conference

Venue/Date

 

Prof. Daniel O. Olago & Prof. Shem Wandiga (2014). Institute for Climate Change &

Adaptation (ICCA)

And Department of

Geology, University of

Nairobi, Kenya,

Bridging Science and Policy to Enhance Water Security

 in Africa and the

 Americas:

 Workshop #1

 

Network of

Academies

Of Science

(IANAS)

& Network of

African

Academies of Science (NASAC)

Panama City, Panama. October 15th thru 18th

 

Prof. D. Olago

Paper presented: Climate Change Impact, Risks and Vulnerability, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies in Kenya.

 

CAAST-Net Plus East Africa Regional Workshop on Climate Change Research Collaborations

 

 

 

 

 

ICCA STUDENTS ATTEND FIELDWORK IN WAMBA

Students in the Second Cohort PhD attended the fieldwork module from the 8th to the 12th of September 2014. The Institute emphasizes that students should have practical experience of working with a vulnerable community in order for them to fully understand and work on tangible solutions to the problems of adaptation.

The team leading the fieldwork were Prof. Nicholas Oguge Director of the Center for Advanced Studies In Environmental  Law and Policy  (CASELAP), Prof William Ogara Director Center for International Links and Programmes, Eunice Boruru Associate Institute for  Climate Change and Adaptation and Esther Wainaina, Administrator Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation.

The Team were visited by the Minister of Environment for Laikipia amongst other dignitaries.

While at the site, the students decided to give back to the community. They contributed and bought lunch for all the community members the students contributed Kshs 5000 to the women’s group in the area to purchase what the would consider an urgent need

Visitors to the Department:

During the year 2014, the following visitors graced the institute with their presence. The visitors were part of the programme that delivers advanced seminars and critical debates in Climate Change to the students and staff of the institute.

 

NAME OF VISITOR

ADDRESS/AFFILIATION

Dr. Richard Munang

UNEP Climate Change

Dr. Elvine Nyukuri

CASELAP

Prof. F. Mutua

Department of Meteorology

Ms. Maureen Ambani

CARE Climate Change

Dr. Luke Olang

Department of Civil Engineering Kenyatta University

Dr. F. Karanja

Department of Meteorology

Dr Zablone Owiti

National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation

Animesh Kumar

UNSDR

Julius Kabubi

UNSDR

Caroline Lumosi

Intersave Afica

Dr Michael P. O’Neil

University of Connectict

Dr. Deborah . Sheely

Rhode Island College of the Environment and Life Sciences

 

CARE Climate Change Team at a partnership meeting with ICCA

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Year: 
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