UiB participates at Uganda climate conference
The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research attends the climate conference at Makerere University in Uganda. The output from the climate conference will be presented at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
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“I hope to contribute knowledge on the big picture of climate change, says Professor Tore Furevik,” director at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research.
Sharing knowledge about climate change
The conference Climate change and opportunities for sustainable business in East Africa takes place on 12 November in Kampala, Uganda. The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research is represented by Tore Furevik and researcher Ellen Viste.
The conference is held in collaboration between the Royal Embassy of Norway, the University of Bergen (UiB) and Makerere University. The aim is to share knowledge about climate change and contribute insights to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris that takes place 30 November to 11 December.
One of the lectures on the climate conference in Kampala is by Tore Furevik. He is talking about the impact of global warming on the climate and possible influence on food production in East Africa.
Collaboration since the 1980s
Makerere University is the oldest and biggest university in Uganda and has been called “The Harvard of Africa”. Makerere University and UiB celebrated the 25th anniversary of their collaboration in 2013. (Se facts).
“We have much to learn from one another, and the Bjerknes Centre wants to contribute the best we can,” says Furevik.
Making climate change easier to handle
According to climate researchers at the Bjerknes Centre, seasonal prediction of the weather in East -Africa can help the inhabitants to decrease the effects a hotter climate will have on food production.
“Improved seasonal prediction of rain and temperature in South and East Africa can be beneficial to health services and food production,” says Furevik.
“We see how the ocean temperature in the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean affects the rainfall. The Bjerknes Centre is currently involved in developing services for improved seasonal prediction. The aim is to give detailed climate predictions and thus reduce the negative impact of climate change.”
Makerere-coordination changes hands
Few people at the University of Bergen knows Makerere University in Uganda better than Thelma Kraft. She has facilitated collaboration and capacity building between UiB and "the Harvard of Africa" for fourteen years.
New UiB-Makerere collaboration signed
A new 10 year frame agreement between Makerere University and the University of Bergen has been signed in Kampala.