On Friday, 19th of May, the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) as a leading Climate Change Organization in West Africa held in Accra a two-day Long Term Planning Workshop on the sustainability of WASCAL. It is a research-focused and capacity building Climate Service Centre designed to provide information about adaption to climate change impacts and land use management. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is the founder and main financial supporter of the Centre.
Special Guest of Honour were the Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Mrs. Patricia Appiagyei and the German Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Christoph Retzlaff. On behalf of the BMBF Mr. Gregor Laumann came from Germany to join the workshop. Hon. Appiagyei pledged the Ministry´s full support for the Centre. The German Ambassador stated that the negative impacts of climate change have a great impact especially on West African countries and that there is a need for global cooperation to face those negative consequences. In his view the collaboration of 10 West African countries forms an excellent foundation to face climate change successfully.
After the opening of the workshop, the Director of the centre, Prof. Jimmy Adegoge, and the guests of honour held a short press meeting to answer the questions of journalists.
The negative impacts of the climate change will further aggravate already existing global challenges like competition for resources, food safety and the resulting conflicts over land use. The mission of the Centre is to provide knowledge and information at local, national and regional levels to its West African member countries and to support research projects. WASCAL operates within three key areas: Climate Services to political stakeholders, Climate Research and Capacity building through postgraduate programs on environmental and climate research. The member countries of WASCAL are the 10 ECOWAS-countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Cote d´Ivoire, Mail, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo, as well as Germany.