International climate course at SMHI

SMHI organises the international training programme "Climate Change - Mitigation and Adaptation" for the second time this year. Decision makers from 14 countries participate in the four weeks long training, which is financed by Sida.

The course participants will learn more about climate change, its effects and how countries can prepare for a changing climate.

This time 26 decision makers from national institutes, administrative offices, universities and non-government organisations in developing countries have been accepted. Most of them come from countries in Africa and Asia, but Latin America and Eastern Europe are also represented.

An intensive programme

Climate change april 2010
Yan He from China and Paula Zapata from Colombia during an exercise.

The training consists of four weeks of intensive studies at SMHI in Norrköping and at Sweco in Stockholm. Both Swedish and international experts will illustrate numerous aspects of a changing climate related to among others agriculture, health and coastal zones.

The programme includes lectures, study visits and an individual project work.

- It focuses both on illustrating specific problems that the participants will face when the local climate changes, and alternatives to mitigate the effects, says Programme Manager Gordon Carlson.

Swedish mentors guide the way

Each participant will conduct a project work that starts during the training in Sweden and is presented during the regional follow-up seminar six months later. All participants have a Swedish contact person who works as a facilitator.