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About Wascal

  • History

West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) is a large scale research-focused Climate Service Centre. It is designed to help tackle the challenge of Climate Change and Land Use thereby enhancing variability and the resilience of human and environmental systems to Climate Change. It does so by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa with support from a pool of local and international experts. WASCAL KNUST was jointly opened on the 4th of March, 2012 by Prof. W. O. Elis, the then Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Paul L. G. Vlek, the founding Executive Director of WASCAL and supported by Prof. S. N. Odai founding Director (the then Pro Vice-Chancellor), Prof. Wilson Agyei Agyare, founding Deputy Director (currently the Director).


  • Partners and affiliations

WASCAL CCLU is partnering with key Universities and Industry towards academic excellence of the Graduate Research Programme in Climate Change and Land Use. Partners include University of Wuerzburg (Germany), University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), University of Cocody (Cote d’Ivoire), University of the Gambia (Gambia), University of Abdou Moumouni (Niger), Federal University of Technology, Minna (Nigeria), University of Lome (Togo), University of Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal), University of Bamako (Mali), 2ie (Burkina Faso), CSIR-Forest Research Institute (Ghana), WASCAL Competence Centre (Ouagadougou).


  • Programme Aim:

The programme ultimately aims at strengthening the research, educational and policy capacity and competency of West-African countries to deal with issues of climate change through adapted land use on a scientific basis in partnership with German institutions.


  • Programme Objectives:
  1. To establish and sponsor a regional doctoral research programme (DRP) in Climate Change and land use science, with emphasis on the impacts of Climate Change and variability on West African land resources.
  2. To establish the DRP at the “Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,” selected as the Lead University for Climate Change and Land Use education, with a Regional Advisory Board drawn from six of all the contributing universities in the sub-region and Germany.
  3. To link up with other DRP’s Lead Universities which are also supported by the WASCAL Competence Centre in Ouagadougou.
  4. To link up with Land Use activities under the Core Research Programme also supported by WASCAL.
  5. To network the GRP Lead University with the academic and research communities in the region and Germany on climate change and land use issues.
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