Study visit to Norway for regional climate experts
As part of the bilateral relations activities of the EEA and Norway Grants a study visit was organised to Bergen, Norway, on 23-27 August, 2016. The visit was organised within the framework of the CLIM-NET/HUN project and it aimed to deepen the professional knowledge of 20 regional climate experts and to deepen bilateral cooperation.
The professional study visit was concluded with the following results:
1) The international-level knowledge of the regional climate experts was increased.
2) The regional climate experts have learned about experiences for climate change adaptation and mitigation in Norway.
3) During this study visit participants could explore the feasibility of climate change adaptation in Hungary.
4) A number of background documents for climate change strategies were reviewed in various sub-topics, and their possible further development was introduced.
5) Through the implementation of this professional programme the bilateral relations between the donor country and Hungary have improved.
The results of this study visit confirm and contribute to the overall objectives of the CLIM-NET/HUN project: they enable Hungarian experts to develop suitable climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, thereby reducing the adverse effects of climate change.
The study visit’s programme was developed through a thorough preparation process together with the donor partner, and fully aligned with the basic objectives of the CLIM-NET/HUN project. The visit lasted 3.5 days, and it included the following:
1) Professional presentations by researchers, municipal representatives, regional stakeholders. When selecting researchers, an important selection criteria was that they should come from various levels of governance. This way a good overview was given about the problems and their potential solutions in small villages, in counties as well as in cities.
2) Workshops, where participants could work with their Norwegian counterparts in small groups. They covered topics such as climate change adaptation opportunities in Hungary and Norway, communications techniques, awareness raising of the local population, as well as comparison of current adaptation and prevention measures.
3) Dedicated group work, reporting back to plenary, development and presentation of written materials.
4) Field visit, photo report about climate change adaptation.
Two days of the programme were dedicated to seven presentations, which covered good practices, results and future plans in Norway. The donor partners presented scientific and in-depth presentations and shared their professional experiences. Based on a wide range of scientific background materials and international examples, they provided concrete examples and practical methods in the following topics:
1) Risk analysis, mitigation opportunities, methods, for local and regional implementation.
2) Identification of vulnerable groups.
3) Technical-physical measures in the field of climate change adaptation.
4) Communicating climate change, maximising outreach.
As part of the remaining 1.5 working days the regional climate experts and the donor country’s experts worked together in the framework of two workshops. It included presentations as well as discussions. Discussions were implemented in 5 working groups, which covered the 5 pilot areas included in the CLIM-NET/HUN project’s „Guidelines for climate change strategy setting”.