Workshops in Partner Countries 2019


 EPICC Workshop in Peru - 15th of November 2019

The East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities (EPICC) project held its Second Stakeholder Workshop in Peru on 15th of November 2019. The event was conducted in close collaboration with the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology of Peru (SENAMHI), which also kindly provided the venue. The full-day workshop attracted about 45 participants, many high level policy-makers, and successfully created an environment for exchange and collaboration.

The project team would like to thank in special the presence and the enriching opening words provided by: Gabriela Rosas, Director of Meteorology and Environmental Evaluation at SENAMHI, Silvia Cristina Rodríguez Valladares, Director of Climate Change Adaptation at the Ministry of Environment of Peru (MINAM), Paul Garaycochea, Head of the Development Cooperation Section at the German Embassy in Lima, Ingmar Obermann, Director of the Program for Modernization and Strengthening in Water Supply and Sanitation in Peru of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and Rogelio Quintero, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Perú Programme Coordinator.

Among the topics discussed during the workshop, water management and the forecast of El Niño received special attention given the recent extreme weather events in the country. Dr. Josef Ludescher, climate researcher at the EPICC project, presented his methodology to forecast the weather phenomenon El Niño one year in advance. His presentation provoked in-depth discussions on how to translate the available scientific knowledge into capacity to adapt to the climate impacts. These impacts in Peru are also clear in the publication that the EPICC project is preparing together with the IOM in their publication series “Assessing the Evidence: Migration, Environment and Climate Change” (to be published for Peru in 2020). The publication was presented by Jonas Bergman, the EPICC PhD student on human migration in Peru, and it demonstrate the evidence of climate change induced migration in Peru, specially related to displacement caused by extreme events at the coast, and water scarcity in the mountainous regions following glacial melting. Other topics focused on seasonal forecasts for climate services, presented by the EPICC partner Dr. Lydia Gates from the German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetteridenst – DWD) and agricultural adaptation to climate change, presented by Rahel Laudien from PIK.

EPICC is helping the partner-countries to build climate adaptation capacities by supporting relevant research and by connecting top-scientist in the topics of Climate, Agriculture, Hydrology and Migration with policy makers and implementers.

Find a Spanish contribution in the IKI Newsletter from Peru (Boletin IKI Perú).

EPICC Workshop in India - 16th and 17th of September 2019

On September 2019, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) held the Second Stakeholder Workshop of the East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities (EPICC) project at the Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The two-day workshop counted with the presence of many high level policy-makers, including Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Prof. Ramaswamy, former president of the Indian Academy of Science (IAS), Dr. Jörg Polster, Minister and Head of the Economic Department of the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany in New Delhi, Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Founder and Director Emeritus of PIK and many others. The objective of the workshop was to present and to discuss the intermediary products across the different outputs in order to adequate the knowledge that is being produced in the project with the needs of the policy implementers in India.

The project is achieving great success in its objective to help creating capacity and reducing the risk that the partner countries are exposed in a scenario of increasing climate impacts. In the case of India, we want to highlight the cutting-edge research that is being conducted by Prof. Elena Surovyatkina on the prediction of the Monsoon with an impressive antecedence of 40 days for the onset date, and 70 days for the withdrawal date.

EPICC is helping the partner-countries to build climate capacities by promoting relevant research and by connecting top-scientist in the topics of Climate, Agriculture, Hydrology and Migration with policy makers and implementers. The workshop attracted almost 50 participants.

Find more information on the TERI-Website "Climate projections of today becoming reality of tomorrow; need to be strengthened" and in Indian newspapers (SaurEnergyInternational and NRINEWS24x7).

EPICC Workshop in Tanzania - 2nd and 3rd of May 2019

In May 2019, six scientists from the EPICC Team and 30 Tanzanian scientists and other stakeholders from different sectors met in Dar es Salaam to continue the discussions and collaboration initiated during the Kick-Off Workshop in 2018.

The Second EPICC Workshop in Tanzania aimed at strengthening the collaboration between the project researchers and the partners. To that end, the EPICC team presented their partial research results in order to assess their utility and acceptance by the partners. The project team also discussed the possibility of research stays at PIK (with participants later acting as multipliers of knowledge, methods and tools in Tanzania) and the realization of trainings in the partner institutions. Also it was agreed to develop joint research papers, ideally contributing to the next IPCC report. The Tanzania Climate Smart Agricultural Alliance (TCSAA) was identified as an excellent consortium to guide EPICC’s agricultural activities, while Tanzania’s National Framework for Climate Services will guide the overall EPICC project.

The event was organized and held by PIK in close cooperation with the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), and the Tanzanian Meteorological Agency (TMA). Also the EPICC project partner German Meteorological Service, the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), participated in the Workshop.

Find more information on the workshop in the IOM Environmental Migration Newsletter.