Course in "Air Pollution Management" starts

A new round of the Sida financed course "Air Pollution Management" started last Monday. Twenty-two decision makers from fourteen countries in Africa, Asia and latin America are at SMHI the coming five weeks, to study different aspects of air pollution.

The aim of the programme is to contribute to a better air quality in developing countries. The participants are decision makers from selected regions and organisations. During five weeks in Sweden they are educated about management of air pollutants, based on Swedish experiences.

- This time most of the participants come from Asia: China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and India. There were many women with good applications and project descriptions, so women are in majority among the participants, says Programme Manager Marina Verbova.

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The participants measure different air pollutants in Norrköping. The testresults will be used in an exercise later during the training. Foto Mina Sadeq

Lectures mixed with project work

The schedule during the stay in Sweden is intensive with expert lectures, exercises and study visits. In addition, the participants are planning their project works, which are an important part of the course that continues during a longer period . The projects will be presented at a regional seminar during spring 2011.

The course is part of a five years programme financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. The ongoing course is the last of seven that have been conducted with SMHI as organiser. The course has been carried out both as an international training, and a variant that was tailor made for India.