Welcome to the Walker Update, bringing you up to speed with our latest news.





Climate storylines and adaptation in Lao PDR workshop 

Rosalind Cornforth presenting in the Lao workshopSupporting the Lao PDR National Adaptation Plan — a team from Walker recently provided support to regional and local stakeholders in Lao PDR by delivering a 2-day workshop . The purpose of the workshop was to share the initial results from our Lao climate change risk assessment work and the plausible climate futures (storylines) created for six provinces. The workshop was focused on building consensus around priorities for locally-appropriate adaptation options, and on finding implementable actions for and with vulnerable groups (“What is ‘My’ Climate Risk? ”) that can be integrated into the national and provincial responses.


Strengthening  AGRHYMET’s Training Program

logo of AghrymetThe Walker Institute is delighted to engage with the West Africa WMO Regional Centre for Agriculture, Hydrology and Meteorology AGRHYMET, supporting its food security and climate resilience work. Under a facility granted by the World Bank, this will include technical assistance to strengthen AGRHYMET ‘s impact measurement methodology regularly assessing  the effectiveness of its training offerings.

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Natural History Museum Research Seminar Series

Natural History Museum exhibits Prof. Rosalind Cornforth, Director of the Walker Institute and Prof. Tom Oliver, Research Dean for Environment, gave the March lecture titled How shall we respond to the climate and biodiversity crisis? Assessing and adapting to complex environmental risks. This was the latest research seminar in a series organised jointly by the University of Reading and the Natural History Museum (NHM). Following the lecture, the Walker Institute ran a “Q-Storming” MasterClass exploring interdisciplinary challenges. Prior to the seminar, the Reading team were taken on a tour of the NHM’s fascinating ‘Tanks’ where a spectacular array of historic specimens are preserved.


Webinar: Role of climate information in enhancing resilience and adaptation strategies of small holder farmers

picture of marketing material for the webinar

Join the seventh edition of the Climate Resilient Agriculture Virtual Club—East African chapter on 𝟏𝟏𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐥 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒 𝐚𝐭 𝟐:𝟎𝟎 𝐩.𝐦. 𝐄𝐀𝐓 to hear our panellists share their thoughts on:

  • The types of climate data most critical for smallholder farmers’ resilience and adaptation strategies;
  • and practical approaches to make climate information readily available and accessible.

Do not miss out on this essential discussion. Register now! 👉https://lnkd.in/dtQ8BXEE


Interdisciplinary Reading Group – 8 April + highlights from march session

promotional text regarding the MCRILG sessionThis month’s Interdisciplinary Learning Group session was presented by the behaviour scientist, Marie Juanchich focussing on how to improve climate communications to empower people to make better climate related decisions.

Paper presented was “The Dimensions of uncertainty communication: What is conveyed by verbal terms and numeric ranges” by Karl Halvor Teigen. Find more.



What happened across the world this week?

Prof Virginia Murray and her team at Public Health England have produced the weekly Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin, archived by Prof Richard Allan.

All the best! 

The Walker Institute Team