The Future Climate For Africa Programme presents two major opportunities to:
- Generate fundamentally new climate science focused on Africa, and
- Ensure that this science has an impact on human development across the continent.
FCFA is a £20 million (US$30 million) programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It promotes the use of improved medium- to long-term climate information in development projects that are being designed today.
The ultimate goal of FCFA is to reduce disruption and damage from climate change and to safeguard economic development and poverty eradication efforts over the long-term. In this way, FCFA aims to make new African infrastructure and urban and rural plans and investments more climate-resilient.
FCFA will be delivered by five independent research consortia, with support from a central coordination unit. Each consortium includes partnerships among leading and emerging African, British and other international centres of excellence. Research on physical climate science will be undertaken at both pan-African and regional scales, and a selected number of pilot projects will provide on-the-ground demonstrations of how improved climate information may support particular development decisions.