JOHANNESBURG – Germany has pledged a grant of 10 million Euros (US$11.1 million) for five southern African countries to use in combating the effect of Climate Change.
The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) will implement and manage the grant, which covers Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia, which have been hit hard by the effects of climate change from drought, floods and cyclones.
A statement released by SASSCAL on May 19 in Namibia’s capital Windhoek revealed that the grant came in response to the challenges of global change.
“SASSCAL has secured funding of 10 million euros from German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for research in climate change,” read the statement.
“This will be implemented under SASSCAL’s second phase of the Research and Capacity Development Portfolio, SASSCAL II. SASSCAL II will build on the successes of SASSCAL.”
SASSCAL added that a total of 23.8 million euros (US$26,5 million) was availed under its first phase, in 2012 to support 88 research projects.
Focused on five themes: climate, water, forestry agriculture, and biodiversity, the research projects were designed to integrate research and capacity development, according to SASSCAL.
Over 500 individuals and more than 80 academic, governmental and non-governmental institutions are involved in the research tasks of SASSCAL in various nations till date.