CLIMAFRICA (2010-2014): Climate change predictions in Sub-Saharan Africa: impacts and adaptations

CLIMAFRICA is a EU funded project (granted under 7th Framework Programme) whose objective is to develop improved climate predictions for Sub-Saharan Africa in order to assess its potential impact on African ecosystems and population and develop sound adaptation strategies. The international consortium involves a total of 18 research institutions from Africa and Europe, as well as the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). The project is coordinated by the CMCC (Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici).

The ECOFUN Lab coordinates the 6th Work Package of the project, whose objective is to characterize the environmental and socio-economic conditions of nine different study areas distributed along a wide climatic gradient (Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo, Malawi, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania). The studies carried out in these regions will provide field data for empirical model development and mechanistic model parametrization.

It is also expected that synergies developed with the existing actors (managers and policy-makers, NGO’s, local farmer’s organizations, women’s associations, etc.) during these studies will allow to test and validate both the individual model outputs and the Medium Term Warning System in these regions.

Contact: Xavier de Lamo at xavier.delamo@ctfc.es

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