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:

  1. Food insecurity
  2. Water insecurity
  3. Declining and threatened biodiversity
  4. Deforestation and degradation of forests
  5. 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.