New training programme on climate change for West Africa

SMHI has been commissioned by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to organise a training programme on climate change for decision makers from West Africa. Preparations and selection of participants are currently being carried out, before the course start in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in November.

SMHI has organised international training programmes on climate change since 2007. This autumn’s course applies to the French speaking countries in West Africa, and will take place both in Africa and in Sweden.

Introduction in Burkina Faso gives a local touch

The programme will start with a one week introduction in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, in November.

- The introductory week in the region will give the content a more local touch, not just because we are there, but also because we have better opportunities to involve local experts. The course will be given in French, says Lisa Ekberg.

Agriculture and health are important subjects

The course has an interdisciplinary approach to climate change, including both mitigation and adaptation, with in-depth studies of issues related to desertification, agriculture, water resources and health.

The participants will visit Sweden during three weeks in January and February 2011. Lectures by Swedish experts and study visits at selected Swedish enterprises and institutes are scheduled:

- We want to show the participants how we in Sweden deal with climate change, says Lisa Ekberg.

A closing seminar will be held in West Africa during the fall 2011.