WASCAL is a German initiative for establish a Centre of Competence in West Africa on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use that will help generate knowledge and develop the analytical capability in the region on climate change and land resources in order to design resilient land use systems. The GRP Climate Change and Water Resources Center of Benin is one of seven WASCAL centers with the headquarters based in Burkina Faso.

Climate change is projected to be more devastating making the challenges facing the region more complicated. Therefore there is a pressing need for a comprehensive understanding of the climatic system of the region and for adequately trained human resources in water-related sciences in order to meet the requirements of water-related MDGs and other regionally and nationally agreed goals.