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Welcome to NISANSA – the joint project by University of Marburg and University of Gießen complements climate change research with regional and social science perspectives, focusing on the Global South. The project investigates which climate change impacts the societies of the Global South (southern Africa and northern South America) are confronted with, which potentials exist to react to them and which implications this has for the global North, Europe and Germany.

The question of adequate social reactions to the consequences of climate change is one of the central challenges for the future.

***SAVE THE DATE: our second international NISANSA-Conference as transdisciplinary forum between NISANSA, ARUA und TSITICA on 13th and 14th of March 2024in Cape Town, South Africa.
Titel: 'Pathways of change in the social response to climate change in unequal societies in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America'

The joint project NISANSA complements climate change research with regional and social science perspectives, focusing on the global South. The project investigates which climate change impacts the societies of the global South (southern Africa and northern South America) are confronted with, which potentials exist to respond to them and which implications this has for the global North, Europe and Germany.

Research Interest

Focus on Global South

Southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa) 


Northern South America (Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela)

  • What are the consequences of climate change in and for the countries and regions in the Global South?
  • How do they address climate change and its consequences?
  • What are the social implications for these regions, and what possibilities and potential exists to react to them?
  • Which programs and institutional structures are used to address the impacts of climate change?
  • Which practices of sustainable action emerge (sustainability innovation)?
  • And what are the consequences for the Global North, Europe, and Germany?

The joint project between the UMR and the JLU investigates these questions from a transregional and comparative perspective, focusing on Southern Africa and Northern South America. The aim is to generate sound knowledge about the social consequences of climate change in these regions. The project aims systematically complement current climate research with regional and social science perspectives. Natural sciences and statistical climate models primarily characterize climate research. However, climate change is not only a matter of climatological and ecological change, but it also implies political and cultural responses and societal transformations.

In a group of seven subprojects, the interdisciplinary joint project between the Philipps-University of Marburg and the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen has been investigating these questions in countries in southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa) and northern South America (Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela) since July 2021.

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Publication

March 2022

Policy Advice Strategies for Climate Change Adaption in International Cooperation with Malawi and Namibia

Sara Lüttich & Matthias Rompel
Teilprojekt 7

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SASSCAL

April 21st 2022, Windhoek Namibia

SASSCAL to celebrate 10 years of excellence in climate change research



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1st NISANSA to be announced

May 20th 2022

The first NISANSA-Symposium is now set for July 11th 2022 taking place at Philipps-University of Marburg. Further Information will be prvided shortly.

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Hello from subproject 3! We are realizing an international NISANSA-Classroom in Marburg.
To transform global power relations, such maps are only a first step. In terms of methodologies and perspectives, postcolonial approaches have already changed a lot in the academic world. Still, the funding logic of many research projects in Germany continues to prevent collaborative international research on an equal footing, as the majority of positions and travel funds are reserved for the German partners.
In order to counteract this, we invited our international team from Brazil, Mozambique and Colombia to join us in Marburg, this time. Together, we will hold a class on our findings, methods  and research elaborated during our NISANSA project. 
In the following weeks we - Dr. Eliana Teles Rodrigues, Jemusse Abel Ntunduatha, Alexander Rodriguez Contreras and Dr. Michaela Meurer - want to take you along our joint class. 
We will present you our central class topic, student perspectives and key learnings of all participating researchers.
Come along and acompany us on our international class journey in Marburg! #nisansadialogue #nisansaconnections

Hello from subproject 3! We are realizing an international NISANSA-Classroom in Marburg.
To transform global power relations, such maps are only a first step. In terms of methodologies and perspectives, postcolonial approaches have already changed a lot in the academic world. Still, the funding logic of many research projects in Germany continues to prevent collaborative international research on an equal footing, as the majority of positions and travel funds are reserved for the German partners.
In order to counteract this, we invited our international team from Brazil, Mozambique and Colombia to join us in Marburg, this time. Together, we will hold a class on our findings, methods and research elaborated during our NISANSA project.
In the following weeks we - Dr. Eliana Teles Rodrigues, Jemusse Abel Ntunduatha, Alexander Rodriguez Contreras and Dr. Michaela Meurer - want to take you along our joint class.
We will present you our central class topic, student perspectives and key learnings of all participating researchers.
Come along and acompany us on our international class journey in Marburg! #nisansadialogue #nisansaconnections
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The Asociación Integral Campesina de Tunjuelo, Dintá y San Ignacio, located in the municipality of Gámeza, Boyacá, was created to improve food security. 
Each farm has small greenhouses with food plants. 
They are currently starting to plant live fences with trees that provide organic matter to the pastures and at the same time they imagine it as a biological corridor that in the future will allow the fauna and vegetation of the high and middle zones to find a habitat to live in #nisansaactions; #nisansamethods

The Asociación Integral Campesina de Tunjuelo, Dintá y San Ignacio, located in the municipality of Gámeza, Boyacá, was created to improve food security.
Each farm has small greenhouses with food plants.
They are currently starting to plant live fences with trees that provide organic matter to the pastures and at the same time they imagine it as a biological corridor that in the future will allow the fauna and vegetation of the high and middle zones to find a habitat to live in #nisansaactions; #nisansamethods
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In the La Ortiga Natural Reserve (southern Nariño-Colombia), the Muellamués Indigenous Reservation is protecting water sources. There, the Pumamaki Indigenous Association has sought to recover the soils, previously over-exploited, by planting seedlings in strategic areas. 

They state that "it has been a constant learning process" because initially they also planted species with invasive potential, but now they only propagate and plant native species in different arrangements. 

Their interest is to measure the changes that these practices have generated in the ecosystem by monitoring biodiversity (plants and birds) and the effect on their recovery. #nisansamethodologies; #nisansaconcepts; #nisansaactions

In the La Ortiga Natural Reserve (southern Nariño-Colombia), the Muellamués Indigenous Reservation is protecting water sources. There, the Pumamaki Indigenous Association has sought to recover the soils, previously over-exploited, by planting seedlings in strategic areas.

They state that "it has been a constant learning process" because initially they also planted species with invasive potential, but now they only propagate and plant native species in different arrangements.

Their interest is to measure the changes that these practices have generated in the ecosystem by monitoring biodiversity (plants and birds) and the effect on their recovery. #nisansamethodologies; #nisansaconcepts; #nisansaactions
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Solutions to deforestation from rural schools

Actions of subproject 1 are part of the School Environmental Project (PRAES in Spanish) of the Sagrado Corazón Educational Institution, which monitors a restoration area created during the "Sustainable South" Project funded by UNDP in 2018.

This is an optimal scenario to study the impacts of deforestation, as well as the changes in climate cycles and their effects on the socio-ecosystems of páramo and high Andean forest. #nisansaconcepts; #nisansamethods; #nisansaactions

Solutions to deforestation from rural schools

Actions of subproject 1 are part of the School Environmental Project (PRAES in Spanish) of the Sagrado Corazón Educational Institution, which monitors a restoration area created during the "Sustainable South" Project funded by UNDP in 2018.

This is an optimal scenario to study the impacts of deforestation, as well as the changes in climate cycles and their effects on the socio-ecosystems of páramo and high Andean forest. #nisansaconcepts; #nisansamethods; #nisansaactions
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Local inhabitants of the paramo and cloud forest areas of the Colombian high mountains have been carrying out actions to restore these ecosystems degraded by changes in land use and variations in climate.

Today we want to present the second experience, with the Los Machines Collective and its Colombian High Mountain Living Library. 

With the monitoring of biodiversity in the ecological restoration zone, infinite rooms continue to be opened to enter and read the landscape and its ecology. Students from schools, members of the indigenous council and universities in the region learn there.
#nisansaconcepts; #nisansadisciplines, #nisansamethodology

Local inhabitants of the paramo and cloud forest areas of the Colombian high mountains have been carrying out actions to restore these ecosystems degraded by changes in land use and variations in climate.

Today we want to present the second experience, with the Los Machines Collective and its Colombian High Mountain Living Library.

With the monitoring of biodiversity in the ecological restoration zone, infinite rooms continue to be opened to enter and read the landscape and its ecology. Students from schools, members of the indigenous council and universities in the region learn there.
#nisansaconcepts; #nisansadisciplines, #nisansamethodology
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Subproject 1-Nisansa/ Diana I.Jiménez

This month we want to share the actions in response to the consequences of climate change and land use that are being carried out by local organizations in the paramos and forests of the high Colombian Andes. 
In this opportunity we present the Minga Asoyarcocha, inhabitants of the magical Laguna de La Cocha in Nariño, southern Colombia. You can visit their territory in the new lodges for ecological and scientific tourism and be part of a wonderful experience of monitoring ecological restoration in the high Andean forest!!
#nisansaconnections; #nisansadisciplines; #nisansamethodologies

Subproject 1-Nisansa/ Diana I.Jiménez

This month we want to share the actions in response to the consequences of climate change and land use that are being carried out by local organizations in the paramos and forests of the high Colombian Andes.
In this opportunity we present the Minga Asoyarcocha, inhabitants of the magical Laguna de La Cocha in Nariño, southern Colombia. You can visit their territory in the new lodges for ecological and scientific tourism and be part of a wonderful experience of monitoring ecological restoration in the high Andean forest!!
#nisansaconnections; #nisansadisciplines; #nisansamethodologies
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