The department started its In-service training programme handle in 2017 after a reform to strengthen relevant areas of existing human capacity of member countries to allow them participate in the on-going global discourse on climate change and respond to current and future adaptation or mitigation challenges. 

WASCAL’s commitment to developing human capacity amongst West African scientists and policy makers was what culminated into the establishment of the capacity building department to work in partnership with relevant universities, institutions, organizations, government agencies and experts within the sub-Region. Over the years there has been an increasing demand for capacity building programmes for individuals, groups and institutions.

The department is dedicated to continuously running short courses, seminars, workshops and summer schools for individuals, government agencies, scientists, and climate related organizations as part of efforts to enhance their climate change expertise and policy development competencies.

The In-Service Training was launched with a workshop on Climate Change impact, mitigation and adaptation level 1 course for Scientist working in Government Ministries in West Africa from 6-10 February 2017 on a cost-sharing basis. Participants paid the cost of their airfare and transportation to the workshop, while WASCAL covers the cost of the course and accomodation. The seminar was attended by 15 participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Benin. A second seminar/workshop on Climate Change Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation in West Africa held at the WASCAL office in Accra, Ghana from June 4-8, 2018. Participants were Scientists and managers working in ministries and government departments of environment, agriculture, water resources, meteorology, space and environmental protection agencies, Universities and students from ECOWAS member states.