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WASCAL - West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use


Climate change, Land use, Adaptation, Mitigation, Capacity building


Germany, Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sénégal, Togo


WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) is a large-scale research-focused program designed to develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures to climate change. Its overall objective is to enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased climate variability.


WASCAL addresses its objectives by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling the expertise of ten West African countries and Germany. It is organized around three principle components:
(1) Competence Center
(2) Core Research Program
(3) Graduate Research Program
The Competence Center, a newly established institute in West Africa, carries out research and provides science-based advice to policymakers and stakeholders on climate change impacts, mitigation, and adaptation measures. The Core Research Program complements the scientific activities of the Competence Center, and is implemented by a network of German and West African research institutes. The Graduate Research Program, involving the creation of seven graduate schools in West Africa, will contribute to the education of the next generation of African scientists and policy makers in the field of climate change and land management.

Team Members
at ZEF

Prof. Dr. Paul L.G. Vlek
Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun
Prof. Dr. Solvay Gerke
Dr. Manfred Denich (WASCAL Coordinator in Germany)
Dr. Daniel Callo-Concha
Dr. Irit Eguavoen
Lisa Freudenberger
Dr. Christine Fürst
Dr. John Lamers (Coordinator or Core Research Program in Germany)
Dr. Marc Müller
Antonio Rogmann
Dr. Jan Henning Sommer
Dr. Papa Sow
Dr. Bernhard Tischbein
Dr. Grace Villamor
Dr. Dominik Wisser
Dr. Tobias Wünscher
Minnattallah Boutros (Coordinator of the Graduate Studies Department in Germany)
Jelana Vajen (public relations office)
Sabine Aengenendt-Baer
Doris Fuß
Stephen A. Adaawen
Jan-Niklas Bamler
Gülendam Baysal
Kaderi Noagah Bukari (DAAD)
Aminata Germer
Janina Kleemann
Justice Akpene Tambo
Karsten Schulz (Ev. Studienwerk & Fiat Panis)
Elsa Maria Cardona Santos (student assistant)
Benjamin Fißner (student assistant)
Frederik Häfker (student assistant)
Pascal Ripplinger (student assistant)
Marcus Rudolf (student assistant)
Michael Germer (research internship)
Robert Koch (research internship)
Julia Wahren (research internship)

Main Cooperation PartnersSee details and links at German partners
  • Department of Geography, University of Bonn
  • Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn
  • Department of Geography, University of Augsburg
  • Faculty of Biology, University of Würzburg
  • Department of Geography and Geology, University of Würzburg
  • Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DKRZ), Hamburg
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) – Deutsches Fernerkundungsdatenzentrum (DFD), Oberpfaffenhofen Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZI)
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) – IMK-IFU, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Partners in West Africa
  • Université d'Abomey Calavi (Bénin)
  • Université de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
  • University of the Gambia (The Gambia)
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) (Ghana)
  • University of Development Studies (Ghana)
  • Université Abobo-Adjamé (Côte d'Ivoire)
  • Université de Cocody-Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire)
  • Université de Bamako (Mali)
  • Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey (Niger)
  • Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria)
  • The Federal University of Technology, Akure (Nigeria)
  • The Federal University of Technology, Minna (Nigeria)
  • Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria)
  • University of Calabar (Nigeria)
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (Sénégal)
  • Université Gaston Berger (Sénégal)
  • Université de Kara (Togo)
  • Université de Lomé (Togo)
  • National Meteorological Services of Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, and Togo
  • National Water Resource Authorities of Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, and Togo
  • National Agricultural Research Systems of Bénin, Burkina Faso Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, and Togo
Main Funding Partners

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Duration of the Project

The WASCAL planning phase was launched in 2010. Subject to approval, the 3.5 year implementation phase will start in October 2012.


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