Sida’s Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change is commissioned by Sida – the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – to assist Sida staff in integrating environmental (including climate change and disaster risk reduction) perspectives into Swedish development cooperation. The Helpdesk gives support, on demand, by providing advice and strategic guidance on environmental integration at policy, program and project level. It also supports capacity building, development of tools and methods for environmental integration and dialogue concerning environmental issues.
All Sida and Embassy staff are welcome to use the Helpdesk service. The Helpdesk can provide services for assignments that cover up to 15 working days. The costs are covered by the Global Programme and the services hence do not require any formal decsion or additional funds.
Place a request at : firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to it for quick feedback and action.
Tanzania Environmental and Climate Change Policy Brief (2016)
This environment and climate change policy brief has been written by the Helpdesk on request by the Swedish Embassy in Dar es Salaam. It provides an updated overview of challenges, causes, impacts of environment and climate challenges. The brief also includes opportunities arising from sound management of environment and natural resources and climate adaptation and mitigation and a review of policy frameworks and institutional capacity for managing environmental challenges. Finally the Helpdesk makes suggestions on ways forward to strengthen environment and climate integration in Swedish development cooperation in Tanzania.
Green Economy Seminar at Sida
The Sida Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change gave a presentation on Green Economy and Green Growth at a seminar at Sida on the 21st of April. The purpose of the seminar was to build capacity among Sida staff on green economy/green growth issues and also to identify and promote areas of work to operationalize Green economy at Sida. Over 35 participants from Sida and Swedish Embassies (Kenya, Rwanda, Liberia, Mali, Zimbabwe and Uganda.) attended the seminar.
Report on management of pesticide related health and environmental risks
Daniel Slunge at Sida's Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change presented the report “Assessment of safeguarding systems for the use of pesticides within Swedish financed programmes in Tanzania” at a meeting at Sida on April 19.
The report identifies shortcomings in the identification, monitoring and management of pesticide related risks in the reviewed Swedish supported programmes, and provides the following recommendations:
- clarify Sida’s position on the use and management of pesticides.
- make it mandatory for partner organisations to conduct an assessment of health and environmental risks for programmes involving pesticides.
- assure that there is a plan to monitor and manage the identified health and environmental risks.
- include environment and health aspects in contractual agreements with partner organisations
- support government capacity to regulate agrochemical market and promotion of IPM
Climate Change in Syria – trends, projections and implications (2015)
This background document has been developed as an input to the Swedish results strategy process for Syria at the request of Syria Strategy Group, Sida, Stockholm.
Colombia Environment and Climate Change Policy Brief (2015)
This Policy Brief outlines key environmental and climate change issues in Colombia and discusses how these are linked to conflicts, human rights and a post-conflict scenario. The analysis provides input to the ongoing process to draft a new Swedish cooperation strategy for Colombia and responds to the Swedish governments thematic priority of Environment and Climate Change in Development Cooperation.