On behalf of Sida, SMHI organises the "Climate Change – Mitigation and Adaptation" programme for various parts of Africa. In total, nine programmes will be offered for a total of 250 decision-makers between 2015 and 2020.
Empowering individuals and organisations
"The programme is broad in concept and spans just over six months. The start-up and concluding meetings are held in Africa – in this particular programme the start-up host country was Moçambique – and in between, we hold a three-week programme for participants at SMHI in Norrköping," says Eleonor Marmefelt, Head of SMHI Capacity Development.
"The programme includes everything from the latest climate research to how communities can adapt and prevent crises. There is a special focus on water resources and agriculture. Our goal is not only to empower individuals and their organisations, but also to support development of regional cooperation between different players," Eleonor continues.
The 28 participants come from Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. They work with various levels of climate issues and climate adaptation, for example at government agencies that handle water and environmental resources, risk management and agriculture. Other participants are from NGOs.