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Nigerian University West African centre on climate research

The Guardian

AMID the emerging realities of climate change in West Africa, a team of experts has agreed to establish learning Centre of Competence on Climate Change and Adaptive Land Use in the Federal University of Technology, Minna as part of efforts to strengthen researches and adaptation strategies.

The proposed Centre of Competence on Climate Change and Adaptive Land Use (WASCAL) will help to generate knowledge and develop the analytical capability on climate change and land resources in the region. It is also aimed at designing a resilient land use systems and develop measures to conserve and restore healthy ecosystems.

The centre would allow sustainable development in the major river basins, thereby preserving the natural resource base for future generations as well as make available to the West African research community, the expertise existing in Germany on climate change and adaptive land management through partnerships.

Africa been the least technologically developed of all the continents is most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change which had threatened the livelihood of the people with the attendant issues of drought, desertification, flooding, deforestation, among other ravaging problems.

This was disclosed at the third Task Force Meeting on the establishment of a West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adaptive Land Use in Abuja opened by the Minister of Environment, Mr. John Odey.

The German government is backing the centre with an estimated sum of 100 million Euro of investment, which would be required in the next five years to build WASCAL.

The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Joachim Schmillen who made the disclosure expressed that the funding will be a support for the training of scientists, boost research on climate change activities, developing strategies on adaptive land use, technical assistance among others in West African countries.

“With the help of these funds, the center will not only provide applied research, but also train young scientists from West African countries so that they can find solutions which will be crucial for their personal and their countries’ future,” he added.

Mr. Odey who commended the German government expressed that the outcome of the deliberations will be presented to the Federal Executive Council of Nigeria for a definite contribution to the success of WASCAL.

The minister added that region seek to explore opportunities as proposed by the German Government to strengthen sub-regional capacity in climate science and services for proactive and informed decision-making.

He said: “For us in Nigeria, adaptation is a key concern. Our national circumstances make us one of the most vulnerable African countries to the impacts of climate change.

He implored the member states represented at the meeting to come up with an all inclusive programme, developed in such a participatory manner that all countries are carried along by the location of either a Centre (Affiliate/Satellite) or Post graduate Programmes in priority themes.

According to him, taking into account the size and diversity of West Africa, Nigeria recommends the establishment of more than one Competence Centre for the region.

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