Below we detail our recent activities and provide links to our project outputs.

Dos and don’ts of citizen science – workshop (September 2021)

In September 2021, PRIMED convened a workshop to initiate a dialogue between academics and practitioners working in disaster risk management (DRM) and those who have successfully carried out community-led citizen science and preparedness work in South Africa’s coastal metros and elsewhere.

Our aim was to draw on the collective experience of the workshop group to answer two central questions:

  1. What can we learn from the experiences in citizen science efforts?
  2. What are the needs for South Africa’s coastal metros, and can PRIMED use citizen science to support these?
The workshop was attended by DRM practitioners from the City of Cape Town Municipality (South Africa), Ethekwini Municipalities (South Africa), Water Research Commission (South Africa), Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation and Groundwork South Africa, as well researchers from the Universities of Cape Town, Ghana and Manchester.

International virtual workshop (March 2021)

In March 2021, we held a workshop with international constituents to discuss how PRIMED’s research can become more useful for people in other parts of the world, and to learn about additional practices and processes that could inform our work.

We presented our case study on social innovation and preparedness in the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly in Accra, Ghana, and then had an engaging discussion about resilience in different contexts during which several strong insights emerged. We describe these insights, and their implications for PRIMED in this report.

Workshop participants included staff from the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), and researchers and practitioners from the Universities of Nairobi, Cape Town, East Anglia, Manchester and Newcastle, the Tyndall Centre, the Living Deltas Hub, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and Mercy Corps.

Workshop in Accra, Ghana (Nov 2020)

In November 2020, we held the first PRIMED workshop in Accra, Ghana as a step towards co-developing effective and innovative solutions for building overall resilience to climate hazards. We focused on the Weija-Gbawe Municipal where floods occur as a result of both dam spillage and heavy storms.

We gathered members of the Municipal Assembly, disaster volunteer groups, national disaster management organisations, rescue services and affected communities. The workshop participants identified the main actors involved in flood response, and detailed the actions they take and resources they provide. Participants also described the actions needed to improve preparations for future floods.

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