Soon-to-open: Southern Africa’s climate change research hub

Southern African countries are set to have their own research center that will provide scientific data to inform the region’s efforts to fight climate change and its devastating effects.

The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management, or Sasscal, is expected to open in August in the Namibian capital city of Windhoek. The center will be partly funded by Germany, which pledged to provide €50 million ($65.8 million) over four years.

“Sasscal will focus on innovation and knowledge exchange for enhanced adaptive land use and sustainable economic development in southern Africa,” said John Mutorwa, Namibia’s agriculture minister, according to The Guardian.

Aside from Namibia, the center will serve South Africa, Angola, Botswana and Zambia.

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