SEA training in Sweden
During three weeks in September-October, 30 professionals from five Asian countries visit Sweden. They are from ministries, universities and non-governmental organisations.
They take part in a Sida funded International Training Programme on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), a fifteen months capacity development programme with the intention to integrate environment and climate considerations in strategic planning, decision making and implementation. The programme has a regional focus and the participants come from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.
The first week of the scheduled course in Sweden takes place in Gothenburg, where NIRAS partner GMV (Center for Environment and Sustainability, University of Gothenburg/ Chalmers University) is based. Thereafter they will continue to Stockholm via Västervik. During the course the participants have lectures and go on study visits related to SEA, strategic planning and organisational change.
The full programme is built around an SEA Project. A project with the aim to strengthen or improve already ongoing SEA work that is within the mandate of the participants’ organisation. The focus of the project depends on the need of the organisation and is determined by the participant and her/his colleagues and supervisor.
When the participants go home after these three weeks, they will have lots of new information to share and follow up with their colleagues. During the coming months they will continue to develop their projects with support from a mentor and a national facilitator, until they meet again for two scheduled weeks in Vietnam in March 2017. Hopefully they have, by then, come to some new insights to discuss with their fellow participants and the programme management team.