Developing International Capacity for Climate Adaptation
Through its annual funding of START (the
ACCFP fellows are matched with universities, research centers, and other host institutions across Africa where they work with mentors to implement individually designed projects. Supported by access to USGCRP agencies’ climate and remote sensing data, as well as collaborating U.S. scientists, these projects assess and prioritize climate risks, consider approaches for integrating adaptation with planning and practice, and investigate current practices for designing and implementing adaptation actions. Having engaged more than 120 fellows and 100 institutions to date, the ACCFP is recognized as a major platform for education, training, and capacity building in Africa.
Research and Societally Relevant Outcomes
Creating endogenous capacity for climate adaptation is important throughout the world. It is especially critical in Africa, which is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, largely because of the convergence of several factors that amplify climate risks. These include endemic poverty, high dependence on natural resources, poor access to basic necessities, inadequate infrastructure, and challenges of governance. The individual ACCFP projects, each of which is rooted in particular places, communities, and research questions, produce results that together provide a narrative of climate change and adaptation across Africa, informing current understanding and decision making as well as future priorities for program design and development.
In 2012, USGCRP co-funded an ACCFP Writing Retreat that led to the publication in 2013 of an open-access special issue of the journal Environmental Development, which focused on climate change
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