For he’s a jolly good (Africa Climate Change) Fellow!

By Venancia.Ndoo, Thu, 06/01/2011 - 10:42
Last month David Kuria was awarded a Certificate of Completion for successfully finishing an Africa Climate Change Fellowship with the BirdLife Africa Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya. David has had a long association with BirdLife as the Director of The Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO) - one of the foremost Site Support Groups in Kenya. KENVO provides local communities with the information, education and resources they need to advance environmentally friendly businesses, by connecting local entrepreneurs with low-interest loans. However, for the last year David has undertaken a BirdLife-hosted project to investigate the understanding of Climate Change by local communities: their traditional coping strategies and how the policies in Kenya are supporting their adaptation. “Participation in the Fellowship has enabled me to articulate and communicate community issues regarding Climate Change and Environmental Conservation at a national level, in both a scientific and policy dimension”, remarked an excited David Kuria upon receiving his certificate. “David’s Fellowship project, implemented at the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest IBA, has made an important contribution to the implementation of the BirdLife Programme in Africa, by bringing to the fore the need to incorporate community knowledge, and how to capture this in the design and implementation of Climate Change projects”, said Dr Julius Arinaitwe - BirdLife’s Regional Director for Africa who represented BirdLife at the Culmination Conference. David received his award at a colourful ceremony held during a four day Culmination Conference in Dakar, Senegal, to review the activities of the first round of the Africa Climate Change Fellowship Programme (ACCFP), which funded the Fellowship. The Dakar conference provided a platform for ACCFP Fellows, partners and network members to explore the main adaptation priorities, needs and challenges that have been investigated. A diversity of topics were addressed including: strategies for small-scale farmers to climate-proof their livelihoods; vulnerability and adaptation options for local communities; capacity building at various levels to enhance adaptation; role of information and research in addressing Climate Change, disaster risk management; incorporating traditional knowledge in coping, and: adapting to Climate Change and risks to biodiversity and ecosystems. A workshop was also held to train the Fellows in writing scientific publications. The conference was attended by about 100 people including Fellows, representatives of ‘home’ and ‘host’ institutions, ACCFP partner organisations, donors and the Universite Cheikh Anta Diop which hosted the conference. The Conference ended on a positive note with the launch of ACCFP phase 2, which will run from 2011-2012 aiming to provide about 50 more Fellowships. BirdLife is looking forward to even greater engagement by contributing ideas to the key topics to be addressed by Fellows, hosting some Fellows and networking with other people met at the meeting. Last year BirdLife launched The Africa Climate Exchange which links to various sources of information on climate change in Africa and other parts of the world. The website has a growing library of hundreds of freely downloadable documents. The Africa Climate Exchange can be used by people looking for information on climate change and impacts, as well as experts seeking scientific information. To find out more, please click here. ACCFP aims to develop the capacity of Africa’s upcoming scientists and other professionals to address Climate Change Adaptation in Africa. It is implemented through a partnership of START International, the Institute of Research Assessment of the University of Dar es Salaam and the African Academy of Sciences, with funding from IDRC and DFID.



Atlas Of Risks Of Climate Change On The Egyptian Coasts And Defensive Policies (2 volumes) By Prof. Dr./ Khaled Abd El-Kader Ouda Professor Emeritus of Stratigraphy and Paleontology, Geology Department Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt This study aims at evaluating qualitatively and quantitatively the importance of the risks to which the Egyptian coasts— a distance of about 3500 km—are exposed, as a result of rising sea level in amounts up to one meter. It also suggests traditional and non-traditional ways of defense, that may help to avoid or reduce these risks, or to adapt to them. The results of this study about climate change and its impact on the Egyptian coasts will be a significant resource to researchers, experts and decision makers working at private institutions and in public administrations, to plan strategies in order to organize plans for the protection of the Nile Delta and other parts of the Egyptian coast as sea level rises. The study examines the causes and consequences of the global warming as described in reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and their Fourth Assessment Report as well as in subsequent scientific reports by various research groups worldwide. It also examines the impact of global warming on the level of seas and oceans and the potential risks for the Middle East and North Africa, as contained in the report of the scientific team of the World Bank, 2007. The study considers successively 1) the topography and geomorphology of the Nile Delta ; 2) the impacts on the Nile Delta during the last century of the combined effects of a) severe coastal erosion processes, b) sediment deficiency since the construction of the Aswan high Dam, c) sea level rise, d) delta subsidence as well as e) human impacts on the coastline; 3) the present geomorphology of the northern lakes of the Nile Delta after having been suffered from intensive human impacts which have led to drying and reduction in surface area by about 50% -83% of their original size during the last 25 years; 4) the various scenarios of the impact of sea level rise on these coasts. This discussion ends with an illustration of the risks on the Egyptian coasts on topographic maps designated for all coasts beaches and shores using Digital Elevation Data derived from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission SRTM NASA space. The impact that sea level rise of up to one meter is expected to have is illustrated graphically on various coasts: the Northwest Delta (West of Rosetta Branch), the North Delta (between the two Nile branches), the Northeast Delta (East of Damietta Branch); the shores of Alexandria, From Abu Qir east to Agami west; the shores of the coastal plain of the northern Western Desert from Alexandria east to Sallum west; the shores of the northern coastal plain of Sinai Peninsula, the western and eastern coasts of the Gulf of Suez, the western coast of the Gulf of Aqaba , the Egyptian coast of the Red Sea from Hurghada north to Halaib south, and the coasts of the Bitter Lakes and Temsah Lake along the Suez Canal. The topographical maps of all coasts were matched with satellite images to evaluate quantitatively the size of the area that, for each coast, will be affected by sea level rise. The sources of threat were identified for each coastal region, along shores, sandy belts, eastern and western bridges of the western branch of the Nile (Rosetta Branch, North of Fowa), eastern bridge of the eastern branch of the Nile (Damietta Branch, north of Damietta), and western bridge of the Suez Canal (north of Ballah). The low-lying coastal areas, wet and dry, which are threatened of marine invasion either directly from the sea or indirectly through the northern lakes, and the areas where subsurface leakage may occur as a consequence of sea-level rise have been delineated and measured. They are also graphically represented on both topographic maps and corresponding satellite images. Cities, neighborhoods, villages, ranches and agricultural land that are threatened of isolation as a result of marine invasion have been determined with great detail. The environmental problems that plague the Nile Delta because of uncontrolled human activities, and which, associated with climate impacts contribute to make the Nile Delta potentially one of the coastal areas in the world most threatened by the rise in global sea level during this century are also discussed The study includes 734 colored plates among which detailed topographic, geomorphologic and geographic maps of coasts and beaches of Egypt as they are today, and as they are expected to become with rising sea levels; The sources of threat, the new shore line expected due to sea level rise and the dimensions of the threatened wet and dry lands are graphically represented on satellite images downloaded electronically on the topographical maps. Means of protection are proposed and locations of deep seawalls, sandy dams and bridges are suggested as well as land barriers to be set aside to counter the invasion of the sea off the coast of the Nile Delta. It is understood that these proposals may be suitably modified by experts in order to reduce the costs associated with coastal protection as long as efficiency and benefits are not lost. The topography, geomorphology and geology of the Qattara Depression, are described with the hope to revive the proposal of connecting the Qattara Depression to the Mediterranean Sea to reduce the effects of sea level rise on the Nile Delta while creating a positive economic return. The national need to implement the Qattara -Mediterranean project has been emphasized in order to save billions of Dollars that will be lost as a result of the marine invasion of the northern coast of the Nile Delta. All earlier objections encountered in the implementation of this project have been refuted. An economic feasibility of this project has also been proposed in light of the new economic innovations. It is also proposed the most appropriate places from the standpoint of topography to create a surface channel between the Mediterranean and Qattara Depression. The view is expressed of the need to restore a natural balance to the River Nile. That balance was lost after the construction of the High Dam at Aswan. The negative effects of the High Dam on the Egyptian Delta must be assessed and work must be immediately undertaken to remedy them for the benefit of future generations. Contact-Us Al Resala For Arab Information Technology Group address: 10 botros ghaly st roxy cairo egypt phone:002 -24534647 fax: 002-24534655 mail:

Congratulations David! You have done us proud.

Yes, David! You have made us proud. Congratulations .

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