CLIMAFRICA : Climate change predictions in Sub-Saharan Africa: impacts and adaptations

Project identifier 83-CLIMAFRICA
Project Status finished
Start date 2010-10-01
End date 2014-09-30
Roadmap Theme
  • Sustainable intensification: Soil, water, land and input management
  • Type of Project Applied research project
    Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Programme FP7 Environment
    Keyword climate impacts; Water constraints; Forecasting; Food security; Risk Management
    Location Congo; South Africa; Malawi; Togo; Sudan; Kenya; Ghana; Burkina Faso
    Budget 4 662 502
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (FP7)
    Coordinator Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC)
  • Lund University
  • Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)
  • Max Planck Society
  • VU Amsterdam
  • Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC)
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • VU Amsterdam
  • Unité de Recherche sur la Productivité des Plantations Industrielles
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Malawi
  • University of Lomé
  • Agricultural Research Corporation
  • Igad Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC)
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-Ghana)
  • Centre d'Etude De Recherche et de Production en Information pour L'environnement et le Developpement Durable (CERPINEDD)
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  • Description

    Summary and Objectives:

    Africa is already a continent under a heavy pressure from climate stresses and due to its current low adaptation capacity, it is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Therefore stakeholders need the appropriate and most up-to-date tools to better understand and predict climate change, assess its impact on African ecosystems and population, and evaluate and undertake the correct adaptation strategies. In this respect there is an urgent need to i) develop improved climate predictions on seasonal to decadal climatic scales in SSA, ii) evaluate climate change impacts on water and agriculture, iii) improve early warning systems from short to medium-long term predictions and iv) propose new and feasible adaptation strategies, especially fitted for the weakest communities. In particular the current proposal will focus on the following specific objectives:

    1. Develop improved climate predictions on seasonal to decadal climatic scales, especially relevant to SSA;
    2. Assess climate impacts in key sectors of SSA livelihood and economy, especially water resources and agriculture;
    3. Evaluate the vulnerability of ecosystems and civil population to inter-annual variations and longer trends (10 years) in climate;
    4. Suggest and analyse new suited adaptation strategies, focused on local needs;
    5. Develop a new concept of 10 years monitoring and forecasting warning system, useful for food security, risk management and civil protection in SSA;
    6. Analyse the economic impacts of climate change on agriculture and water resources in SSA and the cost-effectiveness of potential adaptation measures.