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 the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use is an international large-scale and research-focused Climate Service Center designed to develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures to climate change for West Africa. It was established by its 10 member countries with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).


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 Studies Program
(3) Graduate Research Program
The Competence Center carries out research and provides science-based advice to policymakers and stakeholders on climate change impacts, mitigation, and adaptation measures. The Research Program is implemented by a network of German and West African research institutes. The Graduate Studies Program runs 10 Graduate Schools (6 doctoral programs and four Master programs), which will contribute to the education of the next generation of African scientists and policy makers in the field of climate change and land management.

Main Cooperation Partners

See details and links at www.wascal.org 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 (FZJ)
  • 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)

Further information

The WASCAL-Geoportal is a web service providing geospatial and thematic data along with other digital resources which are generated by the WASCAL research projects.


Duration of the Project

The WASCAL planning phase was launched in 2010. The implementation phase started in October 2012 and continues until April 2018.

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Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister
Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun
Prof. Dr. Eva Youkhana

German Project Administration:
Dr. Manfred Denich (WASCAL Coordinator)
Dr. John Lamers (WASCAL Coordinator)
Dilfuza Djumaeva
Doris Fuß
Haik Gregorian (Adminstrative Coordinator)
Sarah Verleysdonk (Adminstrative Coordinator)
Urs Charpa (Coordinator Graduate Research Program)
Maria Ullrich (Coordinator Graduate Research Program)
Antonio Rogmann (Data Management)
Jelana Vajen (Public Relations)

Senior Researchers:
Dr. Daniel Callo-Concha
Dr. Irit Eguavoen
Dr. Papa Sow
Dr. Bernhard Tischbein
Dr. Grace Villamor
Dr. Dominik Wisser
Dr. Tobias Wünscher


Manfred Denich

Dr. Manfred Denich


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