The Ministry of Environment (MINAMB) of Angola, supported by the Range Wide Conservation Program for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs (RWCP), and funded by the WWF in Namibia, organised a workshop for a National Conservation Action Plan for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs in Angola (18 to 21 October 2016)
The Master of Science in GIS, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation programme has been developed in the context of SASSCAL Task 303. It is funded by the "German Federal Ministry of Education and Research” (BMBF) and was developed in cooperation with Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.
The SASSCAL Director of Science and Technology / Capacity Development, Dr. Jörg Helmschrot, participated in the Southern Africa Regional Climate Services Workshop ‘Towards Exploiting the Full Potential of Climate Services’ that was held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 29 November - 2 December 2016.
The Zambia National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), with the support of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, and the German Research Foundation (DFG) organised the first Zambia Science Conference, which took place from 19 to 21 October 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka and was supported by SASSCAL Zambia.
The advanced international training in Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in arid areas for the South-South Cooperation in arid areas, part of the Chinese Ecological Forum, was organised by the Institute of Geographic and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences and took place from 10 to 21 October in Beijing, China.
On 31 October 2016, the Zambia Meteorological Department (ZMD) launched the Digitisation of Weather Records initiative. The event was held at the Longacres Lodge in Lusaka and the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) National Director, Ms. Indie Dinala was invited to give some remarks on behalf of SASSCAL.
From the 26th August to the 29th September 2016 the SE Atlantic, off the Western shores of Africa (from 0-20°S) became the focus area of a large scale airborne laboratory. The field campaign was conducted to carry out the science questions asked by the NASA ORACLES (ObseRvations of Aerosols above CLouds and their intEractionS) project team. The overarching research topic
The SASSCAL Acting Executive Director (ED), Dr. Yonah Seleti, visited Zambia on a two day mission to conduct meetings with various stakeholders. The visit took place between the 21st and 22nd September, 2016. The ED’s visit started with a meeting with SASSCAL Zambia staff where he gave an indication of the roles and responsibilities of each member of staff, spelt out the new vision
SASSCAL whole heartedly congratulates their colleague and friend, Dr. Vera De Cauwer, on her recent successful PhD defence in Leuven, Belgium. On Friday 9 September, the PI of SASSCAL Task 038 successfully defended her PhD at the Arenberg campus of K.U. Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit) University, Belgium.
The Management Team of SASSCAL, consisting of the Acting Executive Director, the 3 Directors of the Regional Secretariat and the 5 National Directors representing the African member countries, met in Windhoek during late September, 2016, to draft the SASSCAL Strategy 2.0 for submission to the Governing Board. Inputs for the Strategy were collected during national and regional workshops that were conducted
SASSCAL developed a Geo Decision Support tool to aid with the process of establishing where protected areas and sensitive species could overlap with locations for potential prospecting or other exploratory activities.