Addressing various thematic, geographic and temporal scales, research needs were recognised in five SASSCAL Research Priority Areas (RPAs). SASSCAL is well-positioned to manage research tasks in the following RPAs:
- Food insecurity
- Water insecurity
- Declining and threatened biodiversity
- Deforestation and degradation of forests
- Reliable climate services in the SASSCAL countries.
SASSCAL-supported research will improve the understanding of climate and land management change impacts on the natural and socio-economic environment within the southern African region. This will equip SASSCAL to provide services and develop products as needed by the end-users. All research supported by SASSCAL will provide scientifically sound knowledge for improving national, regional and broader international efforts to address adaptation and mitigation strategies.