The SASSCAL 1.0 Research Programme aimed to improve the understanding of climate change and associated land management challenges in the natural and socio-economic environment in southern Africa. Specifically, the Programme addressed the food security, water security, biodiversity conservation, and woodland and forest sustainability challenges of the southern African region.

The Research Programme was implemented through 88 individual research projects between 2012 and 2018, and produced over 230 peer-reviewed publications, 227 Bachelors and Master’s degrees, and 33 Doctorate degrees.

The culmination of six years of SASSCAL-funded research is published in the book entitled "Climate change and adaptive land management in southern Africa – assessments, changes, challenges, and solutions" edited by Revermann, R., Krewenka, K.M., Schmiedel, U., Olwoch, J.M., Helmschrot, J. & Jürgens, N. and published in the book series Biodiversity & Ecology, Vol. 6, Klaus Hess Publishers, Göttingen & Windhoek. Moreover, SASSCAL-funded research is published on SASSCAL’s Data and Information Portal .