The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) is a joint initiative of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Germany in response to the challenges of global change.
The current processes of global change, including demographic change, climate change and the globalisation of economic systems, are an enormous challenge for societies worldwide. Climate change is affecting the lives of millions of people in all parts of the world. Current projections on future developments indicate that there is an urgent need to develop concepts on how to adapt to these challenges in due course. Science and research offer proactive approaches to deal with the current and the expected changes. In this regard, the role of science is to be understood as a service to those societies that are most severely affected by climate change and to provide decision-makers with evidence-based results and advice.
The establishment of SASSCAL adds value for the whole southern African region. The Centre is conceptualised and operationalised to complement the existing research and capacity development infrastructure and research initiatives in the region.
To be a one stop centre in climate change and adaptive land management science services for improved quality of life in southern Africa.
Through research management, human capital development and services brokerage, SASSCAL aims to strengthen the regional capacity to generate and provide scientific knowledge products and services for decision making for improved livelihood of society.
- To promote excellence and relevance in demand driven research in climate change and adaptive land management in alignment with identified global, regional and national priorities.
- To provide a services brokerage platform for knowledge-based products and services for improved decision making and impact in the lives of people of southern Africa.
- To provide an appropriate range of information, data and knowledge-based services to a broad range of users and practitioners to meet specific, demand-driven needs.
- To create a new generation of innovative knowledge workers through institutionalised capacity development instruments and programmes.
- To augment shared regional scientific infrastructure that will improve and modernise the means of conducting relevant and globally competitive research, data management and service brokerage in the southern African region.
- To position SASSCAL as a platform to mobilise national, regional and international political commitment to data sharing, scientific infrastructure development, provision of human capital and science services in search for solutions to the borderless climate change impacts and adaptive land management challenges.