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Partnership for Building Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods to Climate Change and Disaster Risks


Climate change challenges to developing countries

Climate change poses the most serious development challenge to countries whose livelihoods are largely ecosystem dependent. Knowledge gaps exist on better understanding of the coupled socio-ecological systems, processes, dynamics, and stressors that underpin resilience. BREAD’s interdisciplinary research actions are geared at answering scientific questions crucial to geographically tied socio-ecological resilience.

Education and capacity building

BREAD’s research components address fundamental knowledge and scientific issues of global importance, with a focus on Uganda, which is expected to secure the country against the adverse impacts of climate change and disasters.

The goal of BREAD is to enhance societal resilience to disasters and climate change under varied ecological conditions in Uganda. The specific objectives are;

  1. To build institutional, national and regional capacities and competencies in disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, and resilience through human and infrastructural development at Makerere University and Gulu University, Uganda.
  2. To enhance science-policy interface that builds community resilience and safety to disasters through knowledge generation and transfer.
  3. To improve north-south scientific collaboration through research, education, and publication that generates knowledge crucial for sustainable climate change adaptation and resilience to disaster risks.
  4. To develop a dynamic and interactive Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS) to support practitioners and government agencies on disaster risk management.
  5. To strengthen the planned M.Sc. Disaster Risk Management programme and develop a new PhD programme in Resilience and Disaster Risk Management at Makerere University, Uganda.


Involved Swedish partners
Lund University and Uppsala University.

Involved researchers
3 PhD students, and a number of senior researchers, from Uganda and Sweden.

Contact person at the GIS Centre
Prof. Petter Pilesjö