African decision-makers visit SMHI for climate education programme

28 decision-makers from Southern Africa have completed the Climate Change – Mitigation and Adaptation Training Programme at SMHI in Norrköping. In total, 250 people from nine African countries will participate in the programme, the contents of which range from new climate research findings to societal risk management.

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.

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On behalf of Sida, SMHI organises nine “International Training Programmes” for approximately 250 people. Here are the participants from the first programme of the year. Enlarge Image

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.

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On a study visit to farmer Hans Stenström at Bråborgs gård.

"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.

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The programme is broad and includes a number of perspectives on climate change and the need for societal adaptation. Lectures and group work are combined with individual projects and study visits. Enlarge Image