ENBEL

ENhancing BELmont Research Action to support EU policy making on climate change and health (The ENBEL project)

Aims and Objectives:

ENBEL aims to bring together leading researchers and policy groups in the EU and Africa who are working on climate change and health. The consortium intends to support EU climate change and health programmes and policy making, as well as related activities in Africa. We aim to establish the CHANCE network (Climate and Health Africa Network for Collaboration and Engagement) consisting of leading policy makers in East and Southern Africa, who will work together to develop policies on climate change and health, and support countries in developing funding proposals for the Green Climate Fund.

Background

In the past five years the EU and Belmont Forum have funded more than 20 projects on climate change and health. These projects generate evidence to support EU and international policy making. They focus on identifying effective interventions which can then be prioritised for funding in larger population-level programmes. The projects currently operate separately, with few opportunities for cross-project collaboration between respective researchers, policy makers and programme staff. Linkages between the project teams, and African academics and policy makers have also been limited.

Methods

ENBEL brings key researcher and policy actors together by coordinating a network of major international health and climate research projects under the Belmont Forum’s Collaborative Research Action (including the CHAMNHA project described above), the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, and other national and international funding schemes. The ENBEL project includes representatives from 17 EU and Belmont Forum projects, which cover a total of 64 different partners across the EU, and three African partners (WRHI, the University of the Witwatersrand, the Aga Khan University in Kenya and the University of Botswana). ENBEL brings together a consortium whose work generates actionable knowledge on how climate change health risks will develop under global warming, what are the social costs, and effective, cost-efficient and equitable mitigation and adaptation strategies. The consortium is developing evidence syntheses on key policy and programmatic topics, co-produced with a wide range of stakeholders. The project also engages with EU policy advisors to translate science into policies that can shape low-carbon economies and build climate resilience in the EU, but also through supporting EU diplomacy and development strategies in Africa. ENBEL focuses on three major climate change health hazards: environmental and occupational heat, air pollution (particularly from wildfires) and climate-sensitive infectious diseases, with specific attention given to high risk populations.
The African partners have established the CHANCE network consisting of key policy makers in East and Southern Africa. The group will hold a series of virtual meetings, and two-day annual meetings to discuss collaborate activities. We aim to focus the meetings primarily on assisting countries to prepare applications for the Green Climate Fund, and related funding mechanisms. The 2022 meeting will be held in Johannesburg, depending on COVID-19 restrictions. Funding for flights, accommodation and meeting costs are included in the WRHI project budget. We plan to co-convene the meeting with WHO, and to include senior policy makers from all countries in East and Southern Africa. WRHI has applied for funding from the EU Horizon programme to extend the CHANCE network until 2026.

Relevance to the Green Climate Fund and Adaptation Fund
Wits RHI will use the CHANCE network to support the WHO-led processes around the Green Climate Fund, assisting with country- or regional-level applications on climate change and health, including applications form WRHI or other partners in South Africa.

Timelines and anticipated impact
Over a 36-month period, the project will produce policy-relevant outputs involving large EU and Belmont Forum projects. The CHANCE network will be a well established, influential and productive network of leading policy makers in East and Southern Africa

Other project partners
Aga Khan University, Kenya; University of Botswana, Botswana; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK; Umea University Sweden; University Graz, Austria; Azienda Sanitaria Locale Roma, Italy; Tartu Ulikool Estonia; Folkehelseinstituttet, Norway; Royal College Of Surgeons In Ireland, Ireland; Health And Environment Alliance, Belgium; International Red Cross Red Crescent Centre On Climate Change And Disaster Preparedness, Netherlands; University Paul Sabatier Toulouse, France; Goeteborgs University, Sweden; Ilmatieteen Laitos, Finland; and Lunds University, Sweden

Donor

European Union, Horizon programme

Latest Update: 25 October 2021

For more about ENBEL please email rhicomms@wrhi.ac.za