The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land use (WASCAL) is the newest member of the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN).
As a premium associate member, WASCAL will actively participate in WACREN activities and benefit from its services.
Receiving WASCAL into membership, the Chief Executive Officer of WACREN, Dr Boubakar Barry, mentioned that WACREN and WASCAL have common priorities, which will be exploited through this new working relationship.
“Per our strategic direction, WACREN contributes to tackling global challenges and meeting several Sustainable Development Goals by offering data infrastructure and advanced services to foster research and collaboration in various thematic fields, including climate change, food security, migration and others. So we see our new relationship with WASCAL as an opportunity to advance this course,” Dr. Boubakar Barry said.
“We expect our relationship with WASCAL to be complementary, constructive, and productive for the benefit of the climate and meteorological communities of practice in our subregion,” he added.
In his reaction to the announcement, the Executive Director of WASCAL, Dr. Moumini Savadogo, expressed enthusiasm and delight at being part of WACREN.
‘’By joining WACREN, WASCAL is willing to learn and share, benefit and support, build and expand collaborative and innovative solutions to address various challenges faced by the African population, including Education, Health, Climate Change and Food Security.” He said.
WACREN is the regional research and education network (RREN) for West and Central Africa. Its vision is to build world-class network infrastructure and provide advanced digital services for the research and education community for development. WACREN focuses on fostering collaboration and building the capacity of national RENs to deliver their mandate to the education community in the sub-region. Currently, it has 18 national members who work to provide impact to more than five million stakeholders in the research and education community in West and Central Africa. WACREN collaborates with other like-minded and priorities-aligned organisations to implement the AfricaConnect and the Africa Digital Campus projects in Africa.
WASCAL is a wholly West African international organization focusing on academic and transdisciplinary research, building graduate-level scientific capacity and serving policymakers in West Africa with science-based advice on adaptation to climate change impacts and land use management. It cooperates with many agencies and universities in the region, providing its partners a knowledge platform of excellence. WASCAL’ s mission is to provide information and knowledge services at the local, national and regional levels to West African member countries to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change. This is made possible through capacity-building support to young West African scholars in climate, natural and social sciences and by delivering climate and environmental services in member countries.