Monday, February 27, 2017

the four PROVIA fellows

Meet our 4 PROVIA Fellows!

Tima Munthali – is from Malawi and works for the Department of Agricultural Research Services, Chitedze Research Station. She traveled to Ghana during the PROVIA Fellowship to contribute to field research for ASSAR (Adaptation in Semi-Arid Regions) with the University of Ghana. Her PROVIA research project is on the effectiveness of governance arrangements in promoting the uptake of sustainable agricultural practices in Malawi. She would also like to consider the role of social differentiation in agricultural technology adoption and to identify constraints and opportunities with regard to adoption of sustainable agricultural practices. Tima was interested in the fellowship because she wanted to gain exposure to the global research community, learn new skills, and obtain funding to allow her to implement her more ambitious research project ideas.

Madhav Giri – is from Nepal and works for Tribhuvan University. He traveled to the International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh to study community-based adaptation. His PROVIA research project is on livelihood vulnerability of an indigenous community in Nepal to climate change. He was interested in the fellowship because he wanted to learn more about community-based adaptation in Nepal and how it aligns with Nepal's district-level adaptation planning.

Hausner Wendo – is from Kenya and works for Wetlands International-Kenya. He traveled to the International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh to study community-based adaptation. His PROVIA research project is on the gaps in community-based adaptation (CBA) and how participatory action research can help fill those gaps / improve the sustainability of CBA programs in Kenya. He was interested in the fellowship because he wanted to receive mentorship and guidance in community-based adaptation and action research. He aspires to be more involved with action research and development of programs and policies on community-based adaptation and resilience in Kenya.

Jeeban Panthi – is from Nepal and works for the Small Earth Nepal. He traveled to Tongji University, China to study water quality under climate change. His PROVIA research project is on climate and non-climate drivers and their impact on the water quality and quantity of a river basin in Nepal. He was interested in the fellowship because he wanted to receive mentorship and learn from experts in climate and hydrological modeling.

Participants at the Adaptation conference were able to meet the Fellows, who participated in a number of side events. Any outcomes from the Fellowship produced by the Fellows will be published on this website.

PROVIA Young Researcher Fellowship Programme (PYRFP)

PROVIA Fellowship Programme
PROVIA demonstrates a strong potential as an authoritative global initiative responding to the need of governments and other main stakeholders for a single, cooperative instrument which helps to coordinate VIA research globally. While responding to the urgent call by the scientific community towards addressing gaps in the VIA knowledge base, PROVIA also aims to nurture professional development of young scientists. In this role, PROVIA seeks to ensure that the new generation is well prepared to advance policy-relevant research on VIA, to support the coordination, and facilitate the dissemination and practical application of this research for the benefit of society.

With a growing network of scientists, practitioners and decision makers working together with collaborative partners, PROVIA provides an excellent opportunity to foster professional development of young scholars engaged in climate change VIA research under the PROVIA Young Researcher Fellowship Programme.

The Fellowship Programme specifically aims to contribute to the capacity building of young scientists especially from developing countries to carry out scientific assessments of climate change VIA. It provides participants with the opportunity to enhance knowledge generation, improve their capacity to undertake research on VIA and exchange results at the national, regional and international levels.
Strategic Partnership
Together with its collaborative partners, knowledge networks and the larger VIA community, PROVIA seeks to enhance the capacity of young scholars working in VIA to promote a greater science-policy dialogue, and to engage in the ongoing regional and international efforts to address climate change impacts.

PROVIA Scientific Steering Committee and the Secretariat will work together with strategic partners, knowledge networks, funders and the larger VIA community to build the PROVIA Young Researcher Fellowship Programme. PROVIA welcomes others to join in supporting this fellowship programme.

For this programme, PROVIA is already consulting with key potential partners:
  • Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD)
  • START (global change System for Analysis, Research and Training)
  • Global Adaptation Network (GAN)
    • Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN)
    • Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
    • Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES)
    • Environmental Education and Training Unit of Division of Environment and Policy Implementation
    • Climate Change Adaptation Unit, of Division of Environment and Policy Implementation
  • Regional Centre for Climate Change and Decision Making - Latin America
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  • UN CC: Learn
  • Future Earth
  • National Adaptation Plan-Global Support Programme
Fellowship Activities
Activities listed under the Fellowship Programme are:
  1. Long term — a one-year master programme starting September 2015. PROVIA will collaborate with partnering organization, such as IESD to support for the master programme focusing on climate change vulnerability, impact and adaptation (VIA).
  2. Visiting researchers at host universities/research institutes: This program aims to initially start with around 15 to 20 (depending upon available funds) to select scholars to spend some time as Visiting Researchers at host universities/institutes in a developing country. Few potential host institutions have already been identified. A Short term 3 month young researchers training workshop at a selected host institutions. This would involve training activities to promote capacity building of young scholars. It will include the development of communication skills, improvement of knowledge on issues related to climate change VIA.
  3. Young researchers training workshop: This will involve need driven training activities to promote capacity building of young scholars by providing training and support for their education, research and building their network. The training will include the development of communication skills of young researchers, competence and knowledge improvement on the issues related to climate change VIA science.
  4. Travel grant: PROVIA will setup a number of small travel grants to support young researchers pursuing academic study or/and research on climate change VIA to gain knowledge about new methods applicable for their ongoing research by visiting an expert or institution, or attending relevant events.
  5. Joint fellowship activities: PROVIA is proposing to organize a couple of joint fellowship activities with partner organizations. START as one of its core objectives has extensive experience in this area, and has already proposed few joint PROVIA-START activities targeted at strengthening capacities of young scientists. Similarly, PROVIA will explore a joint fellowship activity with Future Earth. This could be a young scientist conference or a session to be integrated in the Future Earth conference. The session could bring together young researchers to discuss VIA –related issues and help them to prepare scientific papers.
  6. Young Scientist Workshop: Aim is to organize brain storming sessions/group discussion to generate new creative ideas on specific issues relevant to climate change vulnerability, impact and adaptation. The main propose is to get innovative ideas aiming for solution for effective adaptation. The output would be a couple of papers relevant to adaptation challenges. For example, Young Researchers Adaptation Workshop aiming to design innovative approaches. This could be participation of young researchers to learn about the ongoing NAP processes, such as through the APAN.
  7. Mentoring programme of young researchers: Supporting a mentoring programme for young researchers from developing countries in the area of VIA research. This would be carried out in close collaborating with the Scientific Steering Community and the potential partners. This could be done remotely.
  8. Supporting young scholars to participate in the Biannual Adaptation Futures Conference: PROVIA, as a founder and the strategic partners and conveners of the biennial International Adaptation Futures Conference that brings together research scientists, policy makers and practitioners from developed and developing countries to share knowledge about adaptation challenges and opportunities. Under this activity, PROVIA will send out two open calls; one for young researchers and another call for funders to support the participation of the selected young researchers, for their travel and accommodation to share their work and present research-based solutions at the conference. We are currently working to get funding support for young researchers to participate in the 4th International Adaptation Futures Conferences in 2016, Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Conference will be organized by PROVIA in collaboration with the European Commission and the Ministry of Environment and Infrastructure of the Government of Netherlands.
Step Forward
Broadly, the Programme has three components:
  1. PROVIA Research Fellowship Programme: The Fellowship Activities under this programme will help to build the capacity of young researchers to foster their professional development in climate change VIA research.
  2. PROVIA Young Research Forum: Young researchers who have taken part in any of PROVIA Fellowship activities will automatically join the Forum as alumni. In addition, young researchers who are not part of PROVIA Young Researcher Fellowship Programme but are interested can also join the Forum. They should meet the TOR requirements. All the alumni members of PROVIA Young Researcher Forum are encouraged to voluntarily contribute to PROVIA activities.
  3. PROVIA Young Scientific Steering Committee: Young researchers who have taken part in PROVIA fellowship programme and/or who are in PROVIA Young Researcher Forum would be eligible to join PROVIA Young Scientific Steering Committee. This Committee will be overseen by PROVIA Scientific Steering Committee. Members of PROVIA Young Scientific Steering Committee will be on voluntary basis to support PROVIA activities.
Funding Supports
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): UNEP has been supporting PROVIA since its inception- both, its activities and hosting the Secretariat. The Secretariat is based in UNEP headquartered, in Nairobi, Kenya. Moreover, UNEP has also supported the PROVIA Activity 3 - aimed at strengthening the communication of VIA research at the international level by supporting researchers, policymakers, adaptation practitioners from developing countries to share their experiences at the Conferences in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

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