Combatting climate change - a new Masters Course in Cabo Verde
Helping to implement a WASCAL master research program "Climate change and Marine Sciences" at Mindelo / Cabo Verde
Climate change poses a significant challenge to African societies within the next decades. Direct effects such as droughts and water shortages will be amplified through increased economic and population growth. To combat climate change effects and maintain the livelihoods of the peoples is thus the major aim of WASCAL. Marine resources will play a significant role in the future supply of protein for human nutrition in West Africa.
Background and Objective
The "West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use" (WASCAL) consists of a collaboration of numerous African research institutes supported by German partner institutes and the German Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF). The competence centre is distributed across 12 West African universities in the different WASCAL member states, of which the marine section is hosted by the University of Cabo Verde, Mindelo. The WASCAL competence centre comprises 3 areas of activities: the research programme, the provision of climate related information services and capacity devlopment. The 'Climate Change and Marine Sciences' masters course belongs to the latter and is open to students from all WASCAL member states.
Science, policy makers and the public
The Thünen Institute supports the Masters course in 4 modules:
- CCM 06 Fisheries Ecology and Climate Change effects
- CCM 08 Fisheries stock assessment
- CCM 13 Hydroacoustics in Fisheries and Marine Ecology
- CCM 18 Genetic tools applied to marine biology
Additionally, we contribute to the WASCAL Floating University, where students can obtain seagoing practice.
Our Research Questions
Augmenting the WASCAL research programme by means of strengthening partnerships between West African and German partners
Development of applied demand driven information services in relation to climate change , climate fluctuations and environment.
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Involved external Thünen-Partners
- GEOMAR - Helmholtz Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Universidade de Cabo Verde
(Praia, Kap Verde)
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
1.2020 - 12.2024