We are pleased to announce that a new online programme featuring the Walker Institute's work – Adapting for Tomorrow's Environment – has been launched today. The film, produced by ASN Media for the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management's (CIWEM) Flood & Coast 2020 event, showcases the Walker Institute's work in Africa as well as a number of UK interventions to mitigate risk and adapt to extreme climate events. The Walker Institute's section of the programme focuses on the Rainwatch project, an alliance of National Hydrological and Meteorological Services that aims to give farmers better access to weather data, and the BRAVE project, which researched groundwater levels and developed ways to help farmers adopt and share methods of sustainable groundwater use:
In the film, the Walker Institute's Professor Rosalind Cornforth and Luisa Ciampi discuss the Institute's needs-based approach to research and why working with local stakeholders to provide access to weather and climate information is so important for vulnerable people in Africa. They are joined by Kofi Asare, research scientist at the Ghana Space Science & Technology Institute, and Theo Sowa, CEO of the African Women's Development Fund who discuss the importance of basing decisions on solid, scientific evidence, and ensuring that research is driven by the needs of people on the ground.
The wider programme also highlights a number of climate-risk mitigation initiatives from across the UK, including Bristol, Hull, Salford, Warrington, Portsmouth and South Tyneside:
You can view the full versions of all of the films on the Adapting for Tomorrow's Environment website, now.