RCMRD through the SERVIR-ESA project supports climate change adaptation initiatives in several member States of it's 20 member States. This includes countries in the East African Community-EAC (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) and in the Southern Africa Development Community -SADC (Malawi and Zambia). These initiatives are building resilience of the most vulnerable communities in the countries through adaptation projects.
Recently, RCMRD has worked with the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) through the PREPARED Project to implement resilience projects in climate vulnerable districts in five EAC member states. In Tanzania, RCMRD is working with USAID Tanzania and national agencies through the coordination of the WARIDI project to improve resilience of communities, livelihoods and water resources in 2 river basins of Wami Ruvu and Rufiji. In Kenya, RCMRD is working with the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), CARE and USAID KEA to develop a resilience strategy for conservancies and communities in four counties in the Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs) areas in the north.
Additionally, RCMRD, through a gender strategy developed under the SERVIR project, is mainstreaming gender integration in resilience building activities. As part of the activities to achieve this, working with women scientists in vulnerability assessments and vulnerability mapping has been identified as a pathway to integrating gender participation in VIAs in the region.
On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we highlight the work done by RCMRD in training women focused Climate Vulnerability. One such training took place between January 28 and February 1, 2019. This training kicked off on a high note with participating countries presenting their perspectives on the work they are doing to support implacted by climate variability.