Impulsouth implements cross-country research about climate knowledge and capacity needs in Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Madagascar, Niger, Uganda and Zambia. For this purpose, it supports national institutions and master students with research grants.
By encouraging the use of similar research methodologies, Impulsouth is enabling countries to share best practices and learn from each other’s success and challenges.
Therefore, Impulsouth has developed and published this Methodology guidelines currently being used by several developing countries (Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Madagascar, Niger, Uganda and Zambia) to address the needs and gaps on capacity building.
Six-country research report
The research reports included a set of recommendations, needs and gaps that need to be urgently addressed to advance in adaptation planning, and especially regarding the assessment of climate impacts, vulnerabilities and risks with an emphasis on gender.
Impulsouth Research partners
The Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University (UNPHU), founded in 1966, is an institution with international recognition for the quality of its graduates. Its mission is to train professionals who are competent, humanistic, entrepreneur and committed to the development of knowledge, capable of providing solutions to achieve social welfare. Their institution has sustained research as one of its pillars, supporting researchers in terms of infrastructure, as well as access to IT resources and technical and administrative services.
The Center for Environmental Studies and Biodiversity (CEAB) of Universidad del Valle in Guatemala seeks solutions to Guatemala’s environmental problems with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach, under a concept of equity and respect for life. CEAB is a pioneer at the national level in mapping forest cover, estimating carbon content, evaluating ecosystems, and climate research; likewise, it has extensive experience executing joint projects with governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) is a large-scale research-focused and capacity building Climate Service Centre designed to help tackle the climate change challenge by enhancing the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. It has campuses in the 12 countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Wascal center at the Université Abdou Moumouni in Niger undertakes Impulsouth research process.
The Applied Research Laboratory is attached to the Forestry and Environment Department of the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar. This institution works in the field of forestry research in all its bio-ecological, social and economic dimensions. From 2018, it has become a national benchmark in applied research on adaptation to climate change, especially in the area of capacity building for national, regional and local stakeholders.
Climate Change Adaptation Innovation (CHAI) is a non-profit organization and think-tank working to improve the resilience of communities and institutions to the impacts of climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa. It partners with government entities, civil society, and the private sector to introduce innovative approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation and to support the implementation of climate change policies. It accomplishes this through research and evidence to conceptualise, design and deliver innovative interventions that increase resilience to the growing impacts of climate change.
The Copperbelt University is Zambia’s second largest public University. The School of Natural Resources was established in 1995 to train and lead research in natural resources management. The School has successfully designed and implemented projects funded by governments, UN agencies and the private sector, including various projects on adaptation and mitigation of climate change. The School has qualified academic members who have led research and contributed to global climate change assessments such as the Sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).