SASSCAL will improve the capacities to provide sound science-based solutions for current problems and future risks in the region, in particular regarding climate change and the associated demands concerning land management practices of local players. To this end, the Centre will contribute to strengthening existing and developing new capacities for application oriented scientific research and science-policy consultations on climate change, adapted land-use and sustainable development in the region.
SASSCAL will support national, regional and local institutions and service providers to develop relevant advisory and implementation skills. A regional dialogue between scientists and decision makers is indispensable in this context because many of the global change challenges go beyond national boundaries. Therefore, SASSCAL will have a regional scope and the work of the Centre will be defined in partnership with the respective scientific communities, the users of science products, policy-makers, and decision-makers.