Networking Workshop WASCAL and its German Partners
The West African Service Centre for Climate Change and Adopted Land Use (WASCAL) seeks to become one of Africa’s leading institutions in the provision of climate and environmental services in and for West Africa. As part of the workshops within the frame of the Tropentag conference 2022 is the ‘’Networking workshop WASCAL and its German partners”, organised by Michael Thiel, Sarah Schönbrodt-Stitt, and Sabine Oppmann, form the Institute of Geography and Geology at Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg, Germany. This workshop is considered relevant for the Tropentag conference 2022 because it seeks to provide knowledge and information at the local, regional and national levels to cope with the adverse impact of climate change which fits very well with the mission and the theme of the Tropentag. The workshop organisers elaborated more on the 11 member countries that are included in the WASCAL program: Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, the Gambia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Togo, Senegal and Cabo Verde. Emphasis was laid on the fact that young scientists should be given the opportunity to contribute more to science particularly in the aspect of climate change and land use to improve livelihoods, which calls for capacity building. Hence, WASCAL has been able to recruit about 400 PhD students and 250 to 300 master’s students from its inception to enhance capacity building and to provide more networks between scientists as a platform for knowledge sharing. During the workshop, there was a discussion among the members and non-members of the WASCAL board team on the need to foster and strengthen the exchange of supervisors, mentors and lecturers of the German research landscape. The workshop was really fruitful and informative. It fitted well with the Tropentag conference 2022, which aims to improve livelihoods through agro-ecological farming in the face of the changing climate conditions.