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Climate change and environment

TWAS is deeply committed to taking action to preserve the environment, combat climate change and mitigate its impact.

Sustainable development has always been at the heart of TWAS's mission, and recently the Academy has become increasingly alarmed by disruptions caused by climatic changes in developing countries. Climate change threatens to reverse decades of progress on poverty reduction and jeopardizes the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Contributing in this area is critical: Societies in the Global South need support to both develop in maximally sustainable ways and adopt strategies for mitigation and adaptation.

The Academy also recognizes that the risks and consequences of the climate crisis are distorted. Many of the most vulnerable countries facing hardships are those that have historically emitted the least greenhouse gases. Therefore, it is ethically imperative to support countries of the Global South, and in particular Least Developed Countries (LDCs). In addition, women in these countries are often disproportionately affected.

In this context, reconnecting with nature and protecting the environment by establishing sustainable models for consumption and production, while conserving indigenous knowledge, is a key priority. TWAS aims to support higher education in climate studies in the LDCs and strengthen interdisciplinary training in these countries, so that climate scientists there can produce tangible results.

Given the urgency of the spectrum of situations brought about by climate change in the developing world, in 2022 TWAS launched two new programmes:


Participants in the workshop.
Leaders of teams that won TWAS-Elsevier Foundation grants gather for hybrid workshop in Trieste to gain essential training and practice team-building techniques
TWAS and its Sida-funded programmes for the global South
TWAS and its Sida-funded programmes for the global South are making a tangible difference worldwide, said TWAS's Programme Coordinator Max Paoli in a RAI radio interview
TWAS and the Elsevier Foundation announce winning teams
TWAS and the Elsevier Foundation announce winning teams for new gender equity and climate action project grants for the global South



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A two-day workshop organised by TWAS and the Elsevier Foundation will focus on how to make sure projects produce tangible change

TWAS-Samira Omar Award winner Sarobidy Rakotonarivo balances conservation with development among remote forest dwellers
High-level officials shared their commitment to TWAS and its mission
IPCC undergoes key considerations on climate change mitigation
Women's vulnerability to climate change has social, economic and cultural roots
UNESCO-TWAS and Elsevier Foundation partner to launch a timely new programme
Badabate Diwediga from Togo works to promote sustainable agricultural practices and rural transformation among local farmers.
Conservation scientist from Benin leads young generations to learn the importance of wildlife.
Sudanese researcher Hazir Farouk A. Elhaj honoured for contributions to energy production in Sudan.
The veterinarian and conservation scientist is honoured for work to protect Ugandan wildlife by involving the local population.