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6 June 2011

Launch of a New Project on Climatic and Ecological Changes in Semi-Arid Africa

Contact:
Osamu Saito, UNU-ISP
saito@unu.edu

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United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) has launched a new project on climatic and ecological changes in semi-arid Africa as one of the programs of the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS), a collaborative program of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Professor Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Director of UNU-ISP and Deputy Executive Director of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science of Tokyo University (IR3S), will act as the project leader.

CECAR Africa LogoAs a part of global efforts to tackle impacts of climate and ecosystem changes, we urgently need to overcome vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems in developing countries, especially Africa. This research program aims for three objectives by focusing on the semi-arid region of northern Ghana where the change impacts have been severely felt in forms of unpredictable floods and droughts: (1) forecast and assessment of climate and ecosystem change impact on agricultural production; (2) risk assessment of extreme weather events and introduction of adaptive water resource management methods; and (3) planning and implementation of capacity development programs enabling local residents and professionals to utilize the assessment results derived from (1) and (2).

The goal of this project is to propose effective and implementable measures to build an integrated resilience enhancement strategy. This “Ghana model” can potentially be applied across the African Savannah. The findings of this project are expected to contribute to the framework of adaption measures agreed upon at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP16) and REDD+, the Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted at the Convention on Biological Diversity tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10).

Title of Research Project:

Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach

Research Period:

From FY2011 to FY2016.

Research points and organizational structure

  • Forecast and assessment of climate and ecosystem change impact on agricultural production (The University of Tokyo, University of Ghana)
  • Risk assessment of extreme weather hazards and development of adaptive resource management methods (Kyoto University, Ghana Meteorological Agency)
  • Implementing capacity development programs for local residents and professionals (United Nations University, University for Development Studies Ghana)

 

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