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Co-developing climate information for decision making through podcasts: Experience from 9 southern African cities
This session focuses on a podcast series being produced by START, the STARTcast, which highlights learnings from the Future Resilience for African CiTies And Lands (FRACTAL) program (2015-2021), and especially on the transdisciplinary approaches implemented across all aspects of the program. Throughout the project, FRACTAL has worked to consider how decision makers in nine southern African cities can access and use robust, timely climate information in order to help them make sound climate resilience and adaptation planning decisions.

STARTcast season 2 is currently in production and the first episode is due to be aired in May 2021. Topics for the season include: climate information distillation and climate risk narratives; city learning labs; establishing a network of embedded researchers; and implementing city learning exchanges. FRACTAL has applied various transdisciplinary approaches throughout these activities, and these are being unpacked over the course of the series. The season will also feature insights from FRACTAL’s funders as well as highlights of transdisciplinary research pursued in other Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) projects.

For this RISE session, START and our partners at FRACTAL have a dual aim of spotlighting the rich diversity of transdisciplinary work that the FRACTAL project has implemented in African cities and to explore the development of a podcast as a medium to share impactful learning and research results. Using soundbites from the podcast, the session will demonstrate how the podcasts were engendered as a creative output through which learnings from the FRACTAL project could be shared with a wider audience.


Hosted by: START International, Zimbabwe

May 25, 2021 05:00 PM in Johannesburg

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