Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) and Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday, 4 November 2020.
The MoU is based on mutual areas of cooperation and aimed to establish a long-term relationship to achieve environmental sustainability and to improve livelihoods in the region.
During the signing ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of ZEMA, Mr. John Msimuko, highlighted the importance of partnership to enhance research activities in the region. “We see this agreement as a very important milestone, because through this collaboration we will be able to enhance the research capacity of ZEMA and other institutions in the area of climate change, adaptive land use and other related subjects”, said Mr. Msimuko.
Dr Olwoch, SASSCAL’s Executive Director, reiterated the importance of sustainable cooperation to successfully address current global challenges such as climate change and other long-term environmental issues. “Cooperation in science and research has become a mainstream trend of social development which promotes resource sharing, help partners complement each other and improve scientific research efficiency. This MoU provides opportunity for our two institutions to work together in the generation and use of data and information in the provision of scientific services and capacity development” added Dr Olwoch.
SASSCAL has the mission to strengthen the regional capacity to generate and use scientific knowledge products and services for decision making on climate change and adaptive land management through research management, human capital development and services provision. ZEMA’s mission is to safeguard human welfare and the environment, through effective environmental management for present and future generations.
Through this MoU both parties will develop and monitor joint initiative in the areas of provision of scientific services including research development, capacity building initiatives and provision and development of services and data products.