Climate Change: A Shared Regional Responsibility

Presenter: Dr Jane Olwoch

Dr Jane Olwoch

Jane Olwoch holds a BSc (Botany /Zoology) from Makerere University (Uganda), an MSc (Biology) from the Medical University of Southern Africa (SA) and a PhD (Zoology- Climate change) from the University of Pretoria (SA) and an MBA from the Business School, Netherlands.

Dr. Olwoch is the Executive Director of the Southern African Science Service Center for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL).  Before joining SASSCAL, she was the Managing Director of Earth Observation at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA, responsible for leading regional and international partnerships with other space agencies and Earth observation institutions in data access and sharing, application development and sensor portfolio management.

She served as a member of the National Committee of Spatial Data, a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of SASSCAL and a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Geo-Information Science at the University of Pretoria.  she is a Lead Author of Chapter 11, IPCC Human Health, of the working group 2 to IPCC, fifth Assessment Report (2010-2014).  From 2014-2017, She was a vice Chair and later the Chair of the Working Group on Capacity Development and Data Democracy of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS).  She is a recipient of the prestigious TUKS Alumni Award in 2014.

Climate change is regarded as the long term change in global or regional climate patterns. The world is facing climate change challenges that need close cooperations amongst countries, policy makers and scientific communities to solve them. Scientific-based knowledge on the local and regional impact of climate change is a prerequisite to inform decision makers and thus, allow for development and implementation of effective mitigation and adaptation strategies. The recent climate change effects were severe causing extremes droughts and floods at regional scale, affected the livelihoods and disrupted economic activities in the Southern Africa.

The Southern Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) is a joint initiative of Angola, Botswana, Germany, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. It supports climate change research and infrastructural development to monitor and better understand the impacts of climate change on natural resources and economic development in the region. SASSCAL encourages and builds strong partnerships established between research, policy and farming communities within the SASSCAL countries and facilitates shared efforts and actions to respond to climate change across sectors and develop management options for threatened environments and economies. The session will highlight how climate science can be effectively linked to decision makers across the southern African region.