UDS gets climate and ecosystems research centre

By
Caesar Abagali, GNA

Nyankpala (N/R), Aug. 20, GNA – A new
research centre for sustainability and resilience enhancement strategy against
climate and ecosystems changes has been established at the University for
Development Studies (UDS) in Nyankpala.

The Professor Kazuhiko Tekeuchi Centre for
Sustainability and Resilience (KTCSR) is an Enhancing Resilience to Climate and
Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach (CECAR- Africa)
project.

The CECAR-Africa project is a five year
(2011-2016) collaborative and interdisciplinary research project between
Ghana-based universities and institutions: University for Development Studies
(UDS), University of Ghana (UG), United Nations University Institute of Natural
Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) and Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet)) and  Japan-based institutions.

Others are the United Nations University
Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), The University of
Tokyo and Kyoto University) under the Science and Technology Research Partnership
for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) and being funded by Japan Science and
Technology Agency (JST) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, the Vice
Chancellor of UDS speaking at the Commissioning of the centre in the Nyankpala
campus of UDS on Thursday, said the relevance of the timing of the
collaborative research could not be over emphasized considering the impact
climate change and ecosystem changes have had on developing countries.

He said universities must be more relevant
and responsive to their communities in ensuring a better future in matters of
pollution, global warming, poverty alleviation and disease control.

Prof Teye said UDS was well positioned to
take the challenge since its curricula was designed to equip graduates with the
needed skills to better serve their communities through the Third Trimester
Field Practical Programme (TTFPP) and would collaborate effectively to ensure
the achievement of the objectives of the project.

Prof Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Executive Director,
Integrated Research Systems for Sustainability Science at the University of
Tokyo, said adaptation strategies to overcome the adverse impacts of climate
change, particularly in the vulnerable regions of the world, must be developed
locally.

He said the project has made significant
efforts aimed at building and strengthening resilience at individual,
household, community and institutional levels saying “at the community level,
CECAR Africa has initiated numerous intervention strategies at its case study
areas including six drought prone communities in Tolon District of the Northern
region and 4 flood prone communities in the Wa West District of the Upper West
region.

Major project research activities and
intervention efforts include developing a regional climate change prediction
model, estimating climate change by dynamical down scaling and statistical down
scaling, field-work based quantitative/statistical analysis of the discrepancy
between the actual and potential production, caused by climate change and
technological limitation among others.

GNA

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