Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaption

Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa - CHIESA

Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa - CHIESA

Associated Organization: International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Increasing Knowledge, Building Capacity and Developing Adaptation Strategies

The Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa (CHIESA) is a four-year research and development project aimed at increasing knowledge on the impacts of climate change on ecosystem services in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot (EABH). CHIESA is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and coordinated by the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The project will help build the climate change adaptation capacity of East African research institutions, stakeholder organizations and decision-makers through research collaboration and training. Together with local communities, the project will develop, test and disseminate climate change adaptation tools, options and strategies at the farm level.

Research cannot be undertaken in a bubble, thus the importance placed on information sharing. Throughout its project cycle, CHIESA endeavors to engage likeminded individuals, organizations and research institutions in sharing research milestones, project results and any other relevant information in line with set objectives. That said,  CHIESA welcomes your insight and interaction on all matters climate change and food security. 

Themes: Agriculture, fisheries and food security, Climate Science, Forestry, International climate negotiations, Water

Regions: East Africa

Countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania

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Aside from research, CHIESA’s biggest commitment is toward transferring project results to communities in the simplest yet most effective way – developing adaptation strategies that work.

Our Focus:

  1. To fill critical gaps in knowledge on climate variability/change and land use/land cover change, especially their impacts on ecosystem services and food security.
  2. To build the capacity of local stakeholder organizations through researcher training, enhancement of monitoring and prediction facilities, and dissemination of data and information to local communities,decision-makers and general public.

Our Purpose:

To increase knowledge of climate change impacts on habitats, integrated pest management, ecosystem services and socio-economic vulnerability, in addition to increasing the capacity of African research communities to access, utilize and manage scientific information with regards to climate change.

Our Activities:

CHIESA Project activities are divided into eight distinct components, known as Work Packages, which deliver specified objectives. These are:

1.    Project Coordination and Management

2.    Land Use and Bio-geophysical Information

3.    Valuation of Ecosystem Services

4.    Habitats and Biodiversity

5.    Ecosystem Pest Management and Pollination

6.    Water Resources and Water Provision

7.    Elaboration of Adaptation Strategies

8.    Dissemination of the Main Results and their Application

For more information on specific activities of the CHIESA Project, please visit our website by following this link.