The Climate Research Alumni and Post Doctorate in Africa (CLAPafrica), a funding and
networking programme which is geared toward opening opportunities in research
and professional development
for post-doctorate and alumni in Africa has been launched.
Held in Accra, the course is expected to speed
uptake and use of research outputs through vibrant, highly connected network to facilitate the development of
It is being run by the German Academic Exchange
Service (DAAD) in partnership with the West African Science Service Centre on
Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) and the South Africa Science
Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (SASCAL).
Speaking at the launch, Professor Rene Haak, the
German Federal Minister
of Education and Research, said the essence of the cooperation was to support
the exploration of the sub-regional effects of climate change in Africa.
“The fight against climate change demanded thorough
research and building the capacity of people to enable them identify the
causes, effects and solution from the grassroots,” he said, adding that “Africa is probably the most vulnerable
continent to climate change and variability.”
Prof. Haak said Sub-Saharan Africa was vulnerable to
climatic changes, especially as its agricultural systems, which the livelihoods
of a large proportion of the region’s population currently depended on, was
Mr Cay Etzold
German Academic Exchange Service, on his part said the world’s fight against
climate change was a giant step toward ensuring global peace.
He explained that effects of climate change caused
natural disaster such as drought, floods, increases in temperature and monsoon,
which kills and displaced people.
“The movement of people into informal settlements
may expose them to a variety of risks different but no less serious than those
faced in their place of origin,” he said.
Dr Moumini Savadogo, the Executive Director of
WASCAL, said climate services were being provided by WASCAL to countries within
the sub-region to ensure effective adaptation to climate change mitigation
He said his outfit would continue to build strategic
partnership with international, local and regional stakeholders in its pursuit
to build a West African think-tank in tackling the issues of climate change.
urged all students
pursuing climate change programmes and alumni to take advantage of the
opportunities made available.
“I urge you all to see this partnership with DAAD as one of the biggest opportunities you could experience. Just imagine the potential job opening opportunities around the world to be shared amongst you, do not take this for granted,” he advised
By BENEDICTA GYIMAAH FOLLEY
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