Report: Africa-EU Research Collaboration on Climate Change, Food Security and Water Linkages
The 2013 CAAST-Net Plus workshop on climate change formed part of efforts by African and European stakeholders to examine the nexus and relationships between climate change, food security and water.
The workshop's overall aim was to discuss the status of, and priorities for, EU-Africa research cooperation on climate change as it stands to affect water resources and the hydrological cycle, and the related issue of food security. In particular, the event served the triple purpose of:
- Supporting EU external policies, by helping African regions and countries to strengthen and make better use of their STI competences for their socioeconomic development.
- Providing substantive thematic input to the bi-regional policy dialogue platform.
- Informing CAAST-Net Plus’ own future interventions for enhancing the efficacy of bi-regional cooperation, specifically how to promote the uptake or application of research knowledge into both policy and technology.
The workshop was organised within the framework of the eighth partnership on science, information society and space of the Joint Africa-Europe Strategy.
Based on presentations by African and European experts, two panel sessions, and open discussions by more than 50 participants, a range of issues and ideas for Africa-EU research and innovation emerged.
Reflecting these issues, this report contains some general observations, recommendations and an indication of common Africa-Europe research and innovation issues that CAAST-Net Plus proposes to feed into the AU-EC High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science, Technology and Innovation.
This article was written by James Haselip of the UNEP-DTU Partnership.
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Disclaimer: CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n0 311806. This document reflects only the authors’ views and the European Union cannot be held liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.