West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use is a large-scale research-focused Climate Service Centre designed to help tackle this challenge and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. It does so by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling the expertise of twelve West African countries and Germany.

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), WASCAL is implemented in a collaborative effort by West African and German partners. The Competence Centre, a newly established institute in West Africa, carries out research and provides science-based advice to policymakers and stakeholders on climate change impacts, mitigation, and adaptation measures. The Core Research Programme complements the scientific activities of the Competence Centre and is implemented by a network of German and West African research institutes. The Graduate Studies Programme, involving the creation of twelve graduate schools in West Africa, contributes to the education of the next generation of African scientists and policy makers in the field of climate change and land management.

The Atlantic Technical University (UTA)

The Atlantic Technical University (UTA) is a newly established public university in Cabo Verde with a mission to provide both undergraduate and graduate education, conduct research, and offer public services. UTA inherited the 35 years of experience of its precedent institutions and together with other two independent institutions, UTA forms the "CAMPUS DO MAR" of Cabo Verde established by the Government with the aim of preparing highly qualified professionals and promote applied research, and international scientific cooperation in key areas for the development of Cabo Verde.

UTA will be composed of at least 4 Institutes, being the current Institute of Engineering and Marine Sciences (ISECMAR) responsible to realize the university mission on the various branches of engineering, maritime and marine sciences.