SASSCAL – Research Infrastructure in Africa

In July 2010 the launch of the new BMBF initiative "Climate change and adaptive land management in Africa" took place. The goal is to build up a long-term research infrastructure in Africa via regional competence centres. For the German Minister of Research, Annette Schavan, this is the “prelude to a new dimension in collaborative research”. Over the next two years, the BMBF will be investing 5.1 million euros, and up to 100 million euros for the subsequent development phase.

ISOE is involved in the setting up of the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL), whose planned radius extends to Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa. Our primary focus here is to contribute to Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and the development of sustainable urban water infrastructure systems.

Project partners

A consortium of eleven german institutions and afrikan partners.


The project "Research Infrastructure in Africa" has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Currently funded project within the framework of SASSCAL: "Water-related vulnerabilities and risk in the south of Africa" (since 04/2013)


2009/12 – 2012/10