Nearly EUR 2 million to climate change research in developing countries

18 Dec 2012

The Academy of Finland and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs have decided to fund research projects investigating the impacts of climate change in developing countries with nearly EUR 2 million. The projects selected within the targeted call implemented in spring 2012 will be integrated as part of the Academy’s Research Programme on Climate Change (FICCA). Half of the funding comes from the Ministry’s funds for development research and the other half from the Academy. The research projects will carry out active collaboration with researchers and research institutes in developing countries.

The funding is granted to seven research projects. In his research project, Antti Arola (Finnish Meteorological Institute) will investigate the impact of black and brown carbon on climate and climate change in India. The project of Eshetu Yirdaw (University of Helsinki) and Paula Horne (Pellervo Economic Research PTT) will focus on researching private agricultural investments and land use impact on the adaptive capacity of local communities to climate change in Mozambique.

In her project, Irmeli Mustalahti (University of Eastern Finland) will be studying responsive governance in climate change adaptation and mitigation. Jarmo Vehmas (University of Turku/Finland Futures Research Centre) will focus on redefining energy and climate policies in least developed countries.

Mika Sillanpää (Lappeenranta University of Technology) will be researching the impact of climate change on water quality in the Himalayan region. In his project, Janne Soininen (University of Helsinki) will be researching to introduce a cost-effective tool for guide management options in poorly developed countries, with a focus on aquatic ecosystems in a changing climate. Ari Venäläinen (Finnish Meteorological Institute) is investigating the risk management of extreme-weather-related disasters and climate change adaptation in Malawi and Zambia.

The funded projects are expected, among other things, to generate knowledge on climate change for developing countries, to increase multidisciplinary knowledge and know-how and promote the establishment of multidisciplinary research environments in developing countries, and to create new research-oriented networks between Finland and developing countries. 

More information:

• Programme Manager Paavo-Petri Ahonen, firstname.lastname(at), tel. +358 29 533 5005
• Science Adviser Riitta Launonen, firstname.lastname(at), tel. +358  29 533 5059

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