The DAAD climapAfrica programme - Climate change research Alumni and Postdocs in Africa for future leaders in the field of climate research and protection - in cooperation with the climate competence centres SASSCAL (Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management) and WASCAL (West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) aims to foster application- oriented research results to tackle climate change in southern and western Africa.
The programme funds postdoctoral research projects and offers a platform for collaboration in thematic working groups composed of postdoctoral fellows and African alumni of German funding initiatives with expertise in the field of climate research. Fellows and Alumni will increase their research impact and output through a comprehensive training and support program, including general skills training, science policy advising and science management. The working groups serve as a platform to connect with peers, regional and international experts and practitioners and to build a growing professional network across Africa.
According to Professor Richard Washington, University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment, DAAD climapAfrica Scientific Adivsory Board member,
climapAfrica correctly identifies the crucial role of future leaders in the field of climate research and the collaboration with SASSCAL and WASCAL has demonstrated how quickly progress can be made. Climate change scientists are much sought after in other fields of commercial technology. Expertise is therefore easily lost to these fields and this sets us back heavily in the race against climate change. A programme which draws together the expertise, provides opportunities for continued research and collaboration is central to retaining experts. ClimapAfrica does that.
DAAD climapAfrica Picture of the Month
Cut shea buttter tree in agroforestry park, Burkina Faso
What is special about the species?
The shea tree is a multipurpose species. It is the source of vegetable oil obtained from the kernels which is second in importance only to palm oil in West Africa. We also see that a wide variety of economically useful goods are made from this tree.
Unfortunately, it faces serious threats throughout much of it's distribution range in the country. It is predicted that climate change is the most prevalent long-term threat.
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