Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management

SASSCAL is a joint initiative of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Germany, responding to the challenges of global change. The establishment of a Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) creates added value for the whole southern African region.

Mission:

To conduct problem-oriented research in the area of adaptation to climate change and sustainable land management and provide evidence-based advice for all decision-makers and stakeholders to improve the livelihoods of people in the region and to contribute to the creation of an African knowledge-based society.

Objectives:

In order to meet the demands of target groups such as policy-makers and governmental administration, farmers, practitioners and other regional and local stakeholders affected by climate change, the center(s) should have the following three main objectives that are closely interrelated and that should be taken into account with equal priority:

1. Trans-disciplinary, applied oriented research for people

2. Services and advice for policy, decision makers and stakeholders

3. Capacity development

The initiative is based on a decade of successful scientific cooperation and goes beyond research projects towards a new quality i.e. the establishment of research infrastructures.

In parallel to this initiative in southern Africa, in West Africa a West African Science Service Center on Climate change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) is presently being developed.