DELIVERING A STEP CHANGE IN CLIMATE SCIENCE FOR AFRICA INFLUENCING REAL WORLD PROBLEMS NOVEL APPROACHES TO RESEARCH AND ENGAGEMENT

Delivering a step change in climate science for Africa

FCFA has made significant progress in improving understanding and modelling of Africa’s climate and applying this to real world problems. While there are large gaps in our understanding of the climate of Africa and future projections are still uncertain, FCFA has contributed towards a step change in climate science for the continent. This section highlights FCFA’s key climate science advances and scientific outputs.

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Novel approaches to research and engagement

FCFA used a range of novel approaches to engage with a diverse set of stakeholders (researchers, decision-makers, communities) to collectively identify useful and usable climate information and adaptation solutions, and communicate complex climate change risks and uncertainties in order to assist in influencing climate-resilient policy and planning. Various climate-related tools have also been developed to support this uptake of climate information.

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Influencing Real World Problems

FCFA set out to ensure that decision-makers are able to incorporate relevant climate information when making decisions in medium to long-term (5-40 year) resulting in climate resilient policies, plans and investments. Although impacts for resilience are anticipated to be seen in the long-term, the programme has successfully influenced many current decision-making systems, processes and behaviours. Change-making has occurred by informing particular adaptation decisions, building sustained relationships, and creating new collaborations and action. FCFA influenced the following changes to varying degrees, noting that not all changes can fully be attributable to the programme alone.

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