Climate change is one of the key environmental and development challenges of the 21st century. Large parts of Ethiopia have already been severely affected by extreme climatic events such as droughts, floods and diseases. Current climate issues continue to pose a significant challenge in Ethiopia by affecting food security, health, water and energy supply, poverty reduction and sustainable development efforts, as well as by causing natural resource degradation and natural disasters. These extreme events affect livelihoods, especially those of the poor – the impacts of past droughts such as that of the 1972/73, 1984 and 2002/03 are still fresh in the memories of many Ethiopians.
The University of Gondar is dedicated to bringing about the sustainable socio-economic development of the nation through the provision of societal needs tailored education, undertaking problem based researches and rendering relevant community services. Under this commitment the University commissioned staff members to conducted climate research, the findings of which have triggered the establishment of a specialist Climate Change Research Center (CCRC).
The Climate Change Research Center aims to see a people free from vulnerabilities due to climate change and empowered enough to engage in their livelihoods’ improvement within the changing climate.
We work to support, coordinate and mobilize research development and the implementation of climate change sensitive policies, projects and activities of the University.
The CCRC works under 5 thematic areas, namely:
- Vulnerability and impacts of climate change
- Mitigation and adaptation to climate change
- Institutional framework for climate change mitigation and technology transfer
- Finance, investment and capacity building in climate change
- Education and awareness
The Center aims to realize its vision by:
- Coordinating trans-disciplinary research to assess impacts of climate change on biodiversity, farming systems, public health, agricultural productivity and tourism development;
- Coordinating research on assessment and evaluation of adaptation measures;
- Disseminating research findings undertaken in the university in the area of climate change;
- Undertaking awareness creation and policy advocacy in the area of climate change; and
- Supporting civil society organizations, and the Government to participate meaningfully in the climate change debates at the local, national, regional and international level.
Established in 2012, the Center is still in the early stages of development. However it is envisaged that the CCRC will have a positive impact within the field as it will serve to:
- Bring data producers and data users together;
- Develop climate change adaptation responses in the research areas;
- Develop climate change mitigation action;
- Introduce well developed and sustainable environmental education in all school levels;
- Raise awareness and disseminate information;
- Attract donor funding;
- Improve capacity to interpret and apply climate data;
- Establish institutional alliances;
- Support key policy and institutional reforms;
- Build local research capacity to support climate change adaptation;
- Mobilize adequate financial resource; and
- Boost skills and knowledge in climate change issues.
Partners and Collborators
- UNEP/CCDARE: climate change and development-adapting by Reducing Vulnerability
- Maryland University , College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Anti Malara Association, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
- DIFD, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
- Daw Damot Elementary and junior school in Gondar Zoria district
Endalkachew Teshome, Hailemariam Birkie and Desalegn Mengesh, 2012. Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change for Ethiopian Agriculture: Identification of Impacts, Coping Mechanisms, and Adaptation Options. A Case of Adiarkay District, North Western Lowlands of Ethiopia. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany.
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