Education and capacity building are important tools for raising awareness and fostering sustainable development. Therefore, providing support for individual and institutional capacity development constitutes an important part of our international cooperation initiatives.
Courses to enhance competence and capability
The International Training Programmes (ITP) is a potent mechanism for capacity development. The overall objective is to engage actors representing organizations in developing countries, and provide training to enhance their competence and capability to initiate and actuate their own processes of change to reduce poverty and risk in their respective areas of influence. Several evaluations have shown that ITP is successful in achieving these objectives and also that the specific programmes it incorporates have yielded expected and desired outcomes. Our experience from running ITP 261 “Climate Change – Mitigation and Adaptation” since 2007 is that the majority of participants make good use of the knowledge acquired, with their individual project work being useful for their organizations. Many have also successfully transferred knowledge to colleagues both in and outside their respective organizations.
Based on our experience as well as an assessment of needs in developing countries obtained through numerous contacts during our projects abroad (capacity development and research), SMHI is now undertaking a new series of ITPs (ITP 309) related to Climate Change, mitigation and adaptation, with themes on water resources and agriculture. These trainings can also be supplemented by short courses for specific target groups. The focus of the training programmes includes:
- Education and training on climate change, vulnerability and impacts.
- Setting up appropriate tools - from climate to hydrological impacts models on relevant scales, based on assessments of gaps in existing operational routines.
- Education in data management.
- Facilitating dialogues between service/data providers and stakeholders/sectors with the aim to provide customer-tailed products/services.
- Facilitating end-user dialogues to ensure information is accessible, relevant and understandable.
- Facilitating cooperation, and creating an open source community to ensure general access to tools, models and data, and establish a knowledge sharing culture.