UNU-EHS Internship ProgrammeThe Environmental Vulnerability & Ecosystem Services Section
explores environmental deterioration processes such as water and land degradation. Particularly, the section looks at remedial measures, resources availability and robustness of ecosystem services, all within the context of socio ecological systems affected by environmental hazards
The WASCAL Project: “West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use”:
WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) is a large-scale research-focused program initiated to develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures to climate change. Its overall objective is to enhance the resilience of social-ecological systems to the impacts of climate change and increased climate variability. The geographical focus of WASCAL is on selected case study watersheds in West Africa.
WASCAL is based on three principle components: a Competence Center, a core Research Program and a Graduate Research Program. The Core Research Program relates to the scientific activities of the Competence Center, and is implemented by a network of German and West African research institutes. Within the core research program, UNU-EHS will analyze rural households’ vulnerabilities and risks to rapid onset and creeping hazards in the context of climate change and explore potential coping and adaptation strategies. Specifically, UNU-EHS deals with the identification, characterization and quantification of major climate change-related hazards to rural households/communities at different spatial and temporal scales, the assessment of the social-ecological system’s social, environmental and economic vulnerabilities as well as their resilience to multiple climate change-related hazards and consequent cascading effects.
UNU-EHS Internship Programme/EVES/WASCAL
Conduct background literature searches in the context of vulnerability and risk assessment,
Search for secondary data from various sources
Compile and edit data
Support the work of the team in spatial (GIS) data processing and analysis
Support the work of the team in data analysis
Any other duties as may be assigned or required.
Reference Number: UNU-EHS/EVES/WASCAL/2015(1)
Application deadline: Rolling
Starting Date: June 2015
UNU-EHS Internship Programme