SA2CC Project Advances in Addressing Climate Change Challenges in Agriculture and Forestry

The SA2CC project, grounded in the principles of the Green Deal and digital transformation, aims to support economic, social, and human development while equipping stakeholders to effectively confront climate change challenges. The latest updates from the project highlight advancements in two key tasks, underscoring the collaborative efforts of consortium partners.

Under Task 2.3, consortium members are engaged in both desk and field research to gather comprehensive data on the impacts of climate change on agriculture and forestry. Desk research, conducted by all participating countries, involves the collection and analysis of relevant reports and strategic documents using the provided template. This phase aims to provide insights into the consequences of climate change on the agricultural and forestry sectors.

Field research, spearheaded by partners in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan, employs questionnaires and focus groups to delve deeper into the learning needs and competencies of individuals working in forestry and agriculture. Questionnaires tailored for both trainees and trainers, along with a focus group template, facilitate the gathering of valuable on-the-ground perspectives. Data collection for both desk and field research is slated for completion by the end of April.

Task 2.4 focuses on identifying the curriculum needs of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to update their courses effectively. Consortium members from HEIs in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan are tasked with providing existing syllabi for courses and utilizing the designated template for course material. The material will be categorized into five thematic clusters, aligning with the project’s objectives:

  1. Animal Production (Husbandry)
  2. Crop Production and Soil Science
  3. Forestry
  4. Water Management
  5. Economic Sustainability/Circular Economy

By gathering and organizing course material based on these themes, HEIs can tailor their curricula to address the evolving challenges of climate change in agriculture and forestry. The deadline for submitting existing syllabi and course material is May, ensuring timely integration of updated content into academic programs.

Over the long term, the project anticipates impactful outcomes in the private sector, benefiting farmers, cooperatives, and food businesses through the implementation of project results.