WASCAL - West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use
WASCAL is a large-scale research-focused Climate Service Centre.
It aims at strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change by pooling the expertise of ten West African countries and Germany. The Core Research Programme of WASCAL brings together a German research consortium, and an equivalent consortium on the West African side that has designed a joint research programme on adapted land use and management of land under changing climatic conditions.
The research programme focuses on
(i) Improving the adaptive capacity of social-ecological systems in the face of climate change;
(ii) Securing the flows of key ecosystem services like food production, provision of clean water, soil productivity, carbon sequestration, and services related to biodiversity; and
(iii) Improving human livelihoods.
In WASCAL's first phase (2012-2017), the initial research area is the southern Sudanian savanna belt of West Africa (see map), which is considered as the potential breadbasket of the region.
WASCAL is implemented in a collaborative effort by West African and German partners, and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Within this framework, our group focuses on the ecological state of rangelands and interactions between management practices, climate and provision of ecosystem services.