Brief Update from Supporting Climate Change Leaders 2017 activity

As a part of the conditions of International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) small grants award titled “Supporting Climate Change Leaders 2017”, I got the opportunity to attend three weeks’ training at University of Southampton. This activity primarily focussed on Project Management with attention to Communication and Research into Use. I also visited the University of Exeter to learn about communication with stakeholders. Between 29th May and 17th June 2017, I had the opportunity to get trained by our DECCMA Northern Team members who are experienced in the areas of my activity.

Posted 21/06/2017 15:25 by Sumana Banerjee

Interview with #DECCMA5th Poster Winner - Gregory Cooper

Gregory Cooper, PhD student at the University of Southampon, won the Poster Competition at DECCMA's 5th Consortium Workshop in Kolkata (Aug 2016). Here he is interviewed.

Posted 02/02/2017 12:42 by Greg Cooper

DECCMA stakeholder following project presentations

Indian Bengal Delta State Level Stakeholder Workshop 2nd Round

The second State level Stakeholders’ Workshop in Indian Bengal Delta (IBD) was organized with active support from Department of Environment, Government of West Bengal on 10th November, 2016 in Kolkata.

Posted 04/01/2017 10:04 by Sumana Banerjee (JADUNIV-DECCMA)

Sharing Research Experiences: The CARIAA Ghana example

Research into Use (RiU) is a key tool in the CARIAA Theory of Change (ToC) for engagements through the project cycle to the dissemination of research products with the objective of influencing changes in development, adaptation policy and practice. The CARIAA Ghana projects; Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) and Deltas, vulnerability, Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) seized the opportunity presented during the recent Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa (CCPOP Ghana2016) to share their experiences in the use of RiU strategies as part of their research activities.

Posted 08/09/2016 15:33 by Prosper Adiku, University of Ghana


VIDEO: Out-migration and effects on women in the Mahanadi delta

View the YouTube clip here

Posted 15/07/2016 08:49 by Giorgia Prati

[Characteristics of migration in Satjalia Island in the Indian Bengal Delta|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFn1QOUsSQo]

Video: Characteristics of migration in Satjalia Island in the Indian Bengal Delta

Migration is a complex phenomenon. DECCMA defines migration as “the process by which individuals or whole households leave their usual place of residence for another geographic location, usually crossing an administrative or national border and remaining for at least six months, usually as a result of a change in the relative attractiveness, real or perceived, of the usual place of residence with respect to the destination.”

Posted 06/07/2016 13:47 by Tuhin Ghosh, Jadavpur University

Prof. Samuel Codjoe addressing the trainees before the commencement of the training

Training of Enumerators for Sending Area Survey in the Volta Delta, Ghana

DECCMA Ghana Work Package Three (WP3) has trained 30 Field Enumerators (FEs) and 6 Supervisors for the Sending Area Household Surveys in the Volta Delta. The Sending Area Survey involves some 1500 households in 50 Enumeration Areas (EAs) across 9 Administrative Districts within the Volta Delta stretching from Prampram in the Greater Accra region to Aflao in the Volta region.

Posted 03/06/2016 10:53 by Prosper Adiku, PRUNE, University of Ghana

Examples of Adaptation

Examples of adaptation to climate change in deltas

The DECCMA WP6 partners have been recording examples of adaptation that are in practice across our study sites. These examples, from literature and observation, are being collated into Adaptation Inventories for each area - a database of current adaptation practices that are being utilised to combat climate change in deltas.

Posted 02/06/2016 11:56 by WP6

Qualitative Research training in India

On Friday February 26, 2016, School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University (JU) organised a One Day Workshop on Introduction to Qualitative Research which was facilitated by Dr Colette Mortreux of University of Exeter.

Posted 21/03/2016 14:12 by Sumana Banerjee

Drone footage of community flooding and coastal erosion in the Volta delta

Fuveme, located on the eastern side of the Volta delta, is a village with an estimated population of over 1500 people. Although the village was previously a vibrant fishing community with a large expanse of sandy beach, the story has been changing in recent years due to increasing erosion, flooding and destruction of properties. It is estimated that the distance to the shoreline in 2005 was over 150m. However, erosion has reduced the size of this beautiful beach.

Posted 21/03/2016 13:58 by Kwasi Appeaning Addo

DECCMA Poster Competition Winner - Shouvik Das

The winner of the PhD Category of the Poster Competition at the DECCMA 4th Consortium Workshop was Shouvik Das' (Jadavpur University, India) poster 'The implication of applying IPCC AR4 & AR5 framework for Vulnerability and Risk assessment in relation to Climate Change in the Indian Bengal Delta'.

Posted 11/02/2016 15:38 by Shouvik Das & Amit Ghosh, Jadavpur University

BD HHS PreTest

Pre-test of Sending Area Household Survey at Jhapa Village of Satkhira, Bangladesh

Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) carried out a pre-test survey on the DECCMA Sending Area Household Survey on 8-12 December, 2015 at Jhapa village of Shyamnagar, Satkhira, Bangladesh. A team of 9 researchers traveled to Satkhira, Bangladesh to conduct the survey.

Posted 05/02/2016 11:10 by RMMRU

BD District Workshop

Findings from the District Level Stakeholders Workshop in Ramgoti, Lakshmipur, Bangladesh

DECCMA Bangladesh team organized 2nd District Level workshop at Ramgoti Upazila of Lakshmipur District on November 18, 2015. The objectives of the workshop were:

Posted 17/12/2015 15:53 by Md Anis Rahman, BUET, Bangladesh

Household Survey

Household Survey to further understanding of adaptation options in deltas

The WP6 survey aims to understand all the changes a household has made within a given time frame. This includes changes to livelihoods, as well as changes to the household more generally. During data collection, we will not distinguish between true adaptations (i.e. changes that seek to reduce future climate risk that a household makes in response/in anticipation of climate drivers), serendipitous adaptations (i.e. changes made for any reason that coincidentally reduce future climate risk), coping (i.e. short term strategies that may increase future climate risk) and maladaptation adaptations (i.e. the changes a household makes in response/in anticipation of climate drivers that may increase future climate risk for the household or other members of society). These distinctions will be made during our analysis using additional data from the socio-demographic and well-being sections of the survey, which are being led by WP3.

Posted 09/12/2015 13:04 by Natalie Suckall, University of Southampton

Learning from DECCMA India’s District Level Stakeholder Workshop for Kendrapara, Mahanadi Delta

Held on September 1, 2015 at Gupti, Rajnagar, Kendrapara District of Odisha, for Mahanadi delta, the objective of the Stakeholder Workshop was to sensitise different stakeholders about DECCMA seeking their responses and knowledge on the migration, adaptation, governance in the context of climate change which they are facing. The workshop was organised by Chilika Development Authority (research partner in the DECCMA India team) and was attended by representatives from Jadavpur University along with representation from 19 organisations including Government Departments, NGOs and SHGs.

Posted 23/09/2015 13:40 by Sumana Banerjee

An initial picture of Migration & Adaptation vis-à-vis Environmental Change in Satjelia Island of Indian Bengal Delta

On July 7, 2015 DECCMA Researchers from Jadavpur University and Centre for Environment and Development, Kolkata, India interacted with local residents of Satjelia island of Gosaba block (sub-district), of the Indian Bengal Delta for a focus group discussion (FGD). Attended by 15 men and 10 women, the discussion was conducted in local language (Bangla) in two separate male-female groups.

Posted 11/09/2015 13:36 by Sumana Banerjee

Contributions Of Migration To Household Resilience Among Rural Rice Farmers In The Mahanadi Delta

DECCMA researcher, Dr Ellie Tighe (University of Southampton), spent six months in the Mahanadi Delta, Odisha, India undertaking qualitative research on the impact of migration in helping households in the delta cope with various shocks and stresses. Dr Tighe was accompanied by fellow University of Southampton research, Dr John Duncan who was conducting research as part of the Leverhulme Trust funded PREFUS project researching the impacts of natural disasters on the resilience of small-scale rice farmers.

Posted 09/09/2015 09:11 by Ellie Tighe

Human Migration and Environment Conference

On the 28th June to 1st July, members from DECCMA’s Work Package 3 participated in a conference run by the University of Durham titled Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention.

Posted 21/07/2015 09:51 by Helen Adams and Colette Mortreux

Northern Team Bilbao

Summary: DECCMA Northern Team Meeting

Even with the abundance of technological advances and communication options, the DECCMA team recognises and highly values extended time for face-to-face meetings. In May the DECCMA Northern team, a sub-set of the wider consortia, led by the University of Southampton met in Bilbao, Spain for three days. The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), a sub-contractor of Southampton, hosted the meeting in their offices in central Bilbao. As well as BC3 and University of Southampton team members, the meeting was attended by partners from the University of Exeter, University of Dundee, Plymouth Marine Laboratories (PML) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Posted 04/06/2015 13:28 by Jon Lawn

Report: DECCMA PhD Seminar, 29 April

As part of DECCMA, a group of postgraduate research students has been established across the project partners. In total, there are about 20 PhD students working within the project, with a substantial and vibrant group of six based at the University of Southampton. Their work complements one another by examining how people are adapting to the physical effects of climate change, covering a broad range of topics from the physical aspects of deltas to their socio-economical dynamics. In order to showcase this cross-faculty postgraduate research group on deltas and to give these early-career researchers the opportunity to present their work and to engage with experts in the area of mutual interests and expertise, the students organised a seminar series hosted by the School of Geography and the Environment of the University of Southampton.

Posted 06/05/2015 11:41 by Tristan Berchoux

Trade, Environment and Growth: Advanced Topics in Input-Output Analysis

In March 2015 BC3 hosted the following training for the DECCMA project:

Posted 27/03/2015 14:22 by Inaki Arto

DECCMA PhD Seminar, 29 April 2015, University of Southampton

A crucial element of DECCMA has been the establishment of post graduate research groups across the project partners with a substantial and vibrant group based here at the University of Southampton. The School of Geography and the Environment, with the support of other faculties hosts 6 of these students and will be holding a Seminar Series which profile their work in examining how people are adapting to the physical effects of climate change, such as sea level rise, alongside socio-economic pressures, including land degradation and population pressure, in delta regions. The aim of this series is to showcase DECCMA and the cross-faculty conceptual research groups on deltas, and to give an opportunity for the PhD associates to present their work.

Posted 27/03/2015 13:58 by Craig Hutton

Thousands left homeless in Bengal’s sinking island

Kalpana Mandal, in her sixties, stood outside her tiny hut in Mousuni, a sinking island in the Sunderbans, with a long fishing net in her hand. All the land around her has been submerged, and hers is the last house standing. In a desperate attempt to save her humble abode from being washed away, Kalpana has covered most of her hut with the fishing net which she fastened at various points on the ground. But there is little hope of her dwelling being spared by the inexorable rising tide.

Posted 27/03/2015 13:53 by The Hindu

Rising tides pose a threat to sinking island in Sunderbans

Over 2,000 families affected, acres of farm land submerged

Posted 27/03/2015 13:52 by The Hindu

Water recedes, but water-borne diseases rise on Mousuni island

12 diarrhoea cases reported; absence of doctors compels people to approach quacks

Posted 27/03/2015 13:49 by The Hindu

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