The European Commission has issued a call for proposals for “Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement.” This call falls under Horizon 2020, the largest European Union Research and Innovation programme with close to €80 billion in funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020).
One of the topics included in the call is “Human dynamics of climate change.” in order to respond to the need for adaptation support in less developed countries. Populations in those countries are under pressure and could greatly benefit from bespoke climate services tailored to their needs to improve their resilience to climate variability and change. Actions that specifically address climate services in Africa are sought – particularly those that consider and add value to activities addressed by initiatives such as the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and Copernicus.
Such actions should take advantage of new climate data made available by Copernicus and other sources, and create dedicated climate services for Africa for at least two of the following sectors: water, energy, land use, health and infrastructure. The tools and applications developed must demonstrate clear end-user engagement, consultation and participation, and enhanced planning and implementation of climate adaptation strategies in Africa.
The opening date is 14 November 2018 and the deadline for the first
stage is 19 February 2019.