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


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).

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)

News & Events

2-3 May, 2012

CECAR-Africa Project Kickoff Meeting in Ghana

The CECAR-Africa project collaborating institutions on 2nd of May, 2012 held a kickoff meeting at UNU-INRA in Accra, Ghana.

2-3 December, 2011

CECAR-Africa Project Workshop and Signing Ceremony in Accra, Ghana

The agreement was signed during an exploratory CECAR-Africa workshop at the University of Ghana in Accra, on 2-3 December 2011.

SATREPS Workshop Final Report (PDF 11MB)

6-8 August, 2014

International Conference on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-arid Africa