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FANRPAN Announces the Launch of the AfriCAN Climate Project
2 December 2011


The Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) is pleased to announce the launch of the AfriCAN project supported under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. The total project value is € 999 884 over 3 years commencing 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2014.

FANRPAN was represented by Ms Sharon Alfred at the kick off meeting for the AfriCAN Climate project held in Brussels, Belgium from 23 to 25 November 2011. The meeting brought together some 17 representatives of partner institutions involved in the project. The main objective of the kick off meeting was to facilitate a common understanding of the project and clarify work package / partner roles and responsibilities.



AfriCAN Project Objective
The overall objective of the project is to facilitate translation of research into practice by means of widely spreading knowledge on climate change research and policies, indigenous knowledge and good practice cases in Africa, through creation of a lively Web Platform relevant to all stakeholders, including various e-Tools as well as contemporary Web 2.0 techniques.

The expected impact is increased uptake of research results through involvement of stakeholders - politicians and project developers - in early stages of new projects and in dissemination of results from mature projects.

Methodology
In order to achieve the overall objective, the following nine specific objectives will be addressed by the AfriCAN Climate project:
  1. Elaborate an editorial policy and editorial team structure to facilitate the integration of "knowledge/content" and "technical web design".
  2. Develop an adequate technical and editorial backbone for the AfriCAN Climate knowledge platform.
  3. Identify and process climate change knowledge on mitigation, adaptation and climate policy in support with other EU activities for dissemination at the AfriCAN Climate platform.
  4. Identify and process mature good practice actions on climate change adaptation and mitigation in Africa and those in partnership with Europe.
  5. Operate and maintain the Platform and implement internal quality control mechanisms.
  6. Perform technical maintenance and hosting to assure the correct and flawless functionality and availability of the AfriCAN Climate Knowledge Platform.
  7. Engage networks and other multipliers in the AfriCAN Climate promotion and animation.
  8. Promote good practice actions amongst the targeted stakeholders including researchers, local authorities, NGOs, SMEs, handicraftsmen, artists and educational partners.
  9. Promote and increase visibility and recognition of the AfriCAN Climate Platform amongst the targeted audiences and by the general public.
Project Partners
Coordinator:
  • IP - Renewable Energies - WIP, Germany
European Partners:
  • Imperial College - IMPERIAL, United Kingdom
  • P.A.U. Education - PAU, Spain
  • Technical University of Denmark - DTU, Denkmark
  • Practical Action - PRACTICAL, United Kingdom
African Partners:
  • Environment and Development Action - ENDA, Senegal
  • The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network of Southern Africa - FANRPAN , South Africa
  • University of the Witwatersrand - WITS, South Africa
  • International Centre for Agroforestry Research - ICRAF, Kenya
  • IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre - ICPAC, Kenya

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