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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Zambia: Germany pumps €4 million in climate change research

The German government has pumped about €4 million in a project to conduct research in climate change and sustainable land management use in Zambia. National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) technical expert Michael Phiri said the project is aimed at providing evidence-based advice for decision-makers and stakeholders to improve people’s livelihood in the region. The project called Southern Africa Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land-use (SASSCAL) also aims to contribute to the creation of an African knowledge-based society. Mr Phiri said in an interview recently that the funds will address challenges caused by climate change such as droughts that impact negatively on agricultural productivity and food security. The funding will also help NRSC, the University of Zambia and the Metrological Department implement various tasks under SASSCAL. NRSC’s mandate is to coordinate activities in remote sensing, ensure the acquisition, processing and delivery of remotely-sensed data to educational, public and private-owned institutions, including the public. “The SASSCAL project mainly deals with climate change, water and adaption. It is well-funded by the German government and different institutions have different tasks.

Source: www.daily-mail.co.zm