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 security
  • water security
  • 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.