International SMHI course on climate change

Early March marks the beginning of the latest Sida-sponsored international training course Climate Change – Mitigation and Adaptation at SMHI in Norrköping. Over four weeks, 26 decision-makers from Africa and Asia will learn more about climate change, its effects and how nations can prepare themselves.

The participants in the climate course are from agricultural ministries, national environmental protection agencies and meteorological institutes, primarily in Africa and Asia. The countries represented include Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa, China, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Macedonia.

They will spend three weeks at SMHI in Norrköping and one at the consulting firm Sweco in Stockholm.

Different aspects of a changed climate

During the course, leading national and international experts will cover several different aspects of a changed climate including farming opportunities, health aspects and the effects on coastal areas.

“The programme is designed both to highlight the specific problems the participants’ home countries will face when the local climate is affected, and to indicate the various ways of mitigating the effects,” says Gordon Carlson at SMHI, who is responsible for the programme.

“Each participant will also carry out a project assignment that will begin during the course in Sweden, and be presented six months or so later at seminars in Africa and Asia respectively,” Gordon concludes.

Deltagare från kursen Climate Change på rundtur på SMHI.
Participants at the course on climate change