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“Closely related fates”: German and African scientists discuss climate change

10/16/2013 - Sharing information and ideas about adaptation to climate change in Africa and identifying science-based recommendations on strategies for policymakers was the aim of a workshop held in Cameroon last week. It was organized by the Network of African Science Academies together with the German National Academy Leopoldina and assembled representatives from 14 countries. The keynote on the climate challenge was provided by PIK’s director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber.
“Closely related fates”: German and African scientists discuss climate change

Young girls in Somalia. Photo: UN Photo/Tobin Jones

„Africa is probably the continent where climate change impacts will unfold in the most severe ways. It seems pretty absurd to do research about this challenge without genuine participation or even leadership by African scientists and stakeholders,“ says Schellnhuber. “Climate science cooperation is part of what can be envisioned as a long-term strategic partnership between Africa and Europe, those ‘distant neighbours’ whose fates – I think – are so closely related.”

The workshop was co-chaired by Professor Francis Mutua of Kenya and Professor Samuel Ayonghe of Cameroon, hosted by the Cameroon Academy of Sciences and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It explored an extensive range of sectors, reaching from agriculture to health care. The participating scientists are now working on a document on their results.

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