FOCUS-Africa was inspired by the environmental commitment of world leader Nelson Mandela, who in 2013 said:
“Our people are bound up with the future of our land. Our national renewal depends upon the way we treat our land, our water, our sources of energy, and the air we breathe.
… Let us restore our country in a way that satisfies our descendants as well as ourselves.”
DISCOVER FOCUS-AFRICA'S MISSION
The FOCUS-Africa project develops tailored climate services in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
Through the work of our project partners and strategic partnerships between European and SADC organisations, FOCUS-Africa builds upon past and ongoing related projects and advances the way climate services are developed and used throughout the supply chain of end-users.
The full value chain of climate services is being demonstrated by piloting eight case studies in five countries, involving a wide range of stakeholders including climate scientists, sectoral service providers, and end-users. The proposed co-production ensures that the full value chain for the delivery of the climate services is effectively realised.
The case studies illustrate how the use of climate science, forecasts and projections can maximize socio-economic benefits in the Southern Africa region and potentially in the whole of Africa.
To provide a range of examples where climate service delivery can be successfully implemented, four key sectors are targeted: agriculture and food security, water, energy and infrastructure:
We aim to become the main reference for all future climate service projects in the SADC region by advancing the science of climate services and producing effective climate service delivery.
FOCUS-AFRICA will become a repository for knowledge and tools necessary in the development of practical and useful climate services to better tackle the risks of climate change.
Our case studies, formulated based on end-user requirements, aim to improve adaptation and resilience.
In order to illustrate how the application of new climate forecasts, projections can maximise socio-economic benefits in the Southern Africa region and potentially in the whole of Africa, our partners have identified eight case studies focusing on four sectors: water, energy, agriculture and infrastructure.
The eight FOCUS-Africa case studies will focus on 5 countries in the SADC region.
FOCUS-AFRICA IN NUMBERS
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FOCUS-Africa brings together 16 strong partners across Europe and Africa. The project consortium unites an excellent mix of research institutions, international organisations involved in implementing the Climate Services Information System pillar of GFCS, service providers, industry end-users and social scientists to address the full-value chain of climate services delivery.