WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) is a large-scale research-focused program designed to help tackle the challenge of Climate Change and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. It does so 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. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), WASCAL is coordinated by the Center for Development Research (ZEF, Bonn University), and is implemented in a collaborative effort by West African and German partners.

WASCAL is organized around three principle components:

  • Competence Center
  • Core Research Program
  • Graduate Studies 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 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.

Role in AfriAlliance

WASCAL will have roles in AfriAlliance across most of the Work Packages. Its main contribution will be in WP2, since they have a strong connection with practitioners in West Africa and they are closely connected to local demands in relation to Water and Climate. Their participation in WP3 is essential to bring in the contribution from West Africa knowledge centres, and the same can be said for their participation in WP5. Finally, given their focus on Data management, and improvement thereof, and on earth observation networks, they will provide contributions to WP4 as well.

Who are we?

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Key contacts

Dr. Barry Boubacar (m), WASCAL Coordinator in Burkina Faso, has 30 years of working experience as a scientist in hydrology and soil and water conservation engineering. His research interests are soil and water engineering also supported by his expertise in GIS, numerical and stochastic modeling. Dr. Barry joined IWMI on March 1st, 2003 where he has been involved in developing and implementing many research projects as well as managing the IWMI West Africa Office as Head of Office. Since June 2010, he has been seconded to WASCAL as Competence Centre Coordinator. He is author and co-author of several conference papers, reports and publications. He is member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and the West African Chapter of Agricultural Engineers

Dr. William Fonta (m) is a Senior Scientist/Environmental/Resource Economist. He has a PhD in Valuation of Community Based Financing of Environmental Schemes. His research Interests are: Environmental valuation and policy, economics of natural resource management, climate change economics, poverty and income redistribution, equity and fairness in healthcare financing, population dynamics and public expenditure and financial accountability

Jesse Naab (m) is Senior Scientist/Agriculture and Climate Change, and team leader of the WASCAL Competence Center Team “Agriculture and climate change”. His research work aims at the analysis of the agricultural land-use systems in the context of climate change with regard to (1) impacts on the bio-physical, economic and social aspects of agricultural systems; (2) on-going coping and adaptation measures; and (3) the feasibility of these measures under current conditions as well as under different scenario assumptions.