Scientific Networks Crucial for Climate Action
From 30 November to 11 December 2015, COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
This agreement should address climate change challenges by promoting mitigation but also adaptation solutions.
Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents with regards to climate change. Adaptation will therefore be a central factor in the shaping of Africa-EU STI scientific collaboration alongside the need to explore technological breakthroughs across a range of disciplines, sectors and stakeholders.
The participation of Africa in building the scientific basis for assessing risks and options for action needs to be consolidated.
In this regard, supporting human capital development in Africa is vital to better observe regional climate changes, predict their impacts and take action accordingly.
Through the COP21, Africa-EU STI collaboration will also need to outline the form such action should take in order to engage in a necessary transition to low-emission and climate-resilient economies and societies.
Because global challenges need a global and common response, it is crucial to build coordinated scientific networks and engage in collaborative research. The main research issues for development are now of a global dimension and climate change will certainly be at the root of the new direction taken for Africa-EU STI collaboration.
*An earlier version of this article appeared in the December 2015 CAAST-Net Plus Magazine.
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