BAOBAB | Synthesis program for African research on climate change

Synthesis program for African research on climate change (BAOBAB)

This project represents an opportunity to unleash new scientific insights on climate change through synthesis of diverse existing knowledge and data. And to do this in a way that strengthens the science-policy-practice interface for more evidence-based and inclusive climate action to reduce risks for vulnerable people and places in Africa. The project also presents a significant opportunity to develop the pipeline of African researchers skilled in conducting synthesis research and able to take leading roles in forthcoming global environmental assessments, to add value to the existing knowledge base in Africa, and build the evidence base for future regional and global adaptation policies and strategies. BAOBAB will mobilize and provide technical and capacity strengthening support for six African-led, transdisciplinary teams to synthesize existing data and knowledge on climate change risks and response options. The goal is to advance scientific discoveries and best practices from the wealth of data and knowledge that already exist on climate change risks and response options, and to do this in a way that is southern-led, and facilitates co-production of knowledge among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.

This project is jointly funded by CLARE and the Step Change initiative, a Canada-Netherlands partnership to drive equitable and inclusive locally-led adaptation.

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