Summer activities

On top of the most recent field work, the CreativeDrought team have been busy in other ways. Simultaneous to the workshops in field season 2, Anne went to Port Elizabeth to attend and present at the IAHS conference. She presented on behalf of Eugine “Developing local level resilience through experimental knowledge building: An interdisciplinary approach to coping with drought in rural Southern Africa” in the session Extreme events: links between science and practice. The feedback to the work we are doing was very positive and the discussion focussed on building local resilience, our interdisciplinary approach centred around narratives, oral vs. visual ways of communicating model results, measuring change, and transferability of the approach to other areas around the world. It was also very interesting to hear of other research done in different parts of Africa, focussing on water resources, water management, floods and droughts.

Eugine has just presented the CreativeDrought project at the 5th ChinAfrica Water Resources Forum conference themed around Sustainable Utilization of Water Resources in Developing Countries in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (31st July –2 nd August). The title of the paper presented was: Implications of sub-catchment level water governance on drought management in South Africa – A case of Nwanedi sub-catchment, Limpopo River basin. Conference participants expressed great interest in the Creative Drought project especially the use of narratives in drought management. The conference was an eye opener as it also accorded Eugine an opportunity to network and learn about other researches going on in Africa and China. Of particular note is the “Living Labs” project by the University of Western Cape, South Africa.

To move the project into the scientific output phase, Sally, Anne and Mel have also just been away for a local week in the Peak District, UK, on a writing week (7th – 11th August) where Sally has put together a first draft of a paper about the hydrological modelling side of the project ready for further development.

Finally, Mel will be presenting the project at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference (30 August-1 September) at a session entitled: The interdisciplinary field: Positions and framings. The slides will be made available in due time on our resource page but you can already find Anne’s and Eugine’s presentations there.


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