Climate Change and Agriculture International Course

The Regional Training Centre (RTC) Bet-Dagan, Israeli Meteorological Service (IMS) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) in cooperation with MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation are pleased to invite professionals to participate in the International Course Climate Change and Agriculture, held May 14th – May 24th, 2017 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In light of the cooperation between Eumetcal and IMS, the course is also open to Eumetcal member institutions (maximum five participants). 

Background

Climate Change and Agriculture course

The topics of this workshop are in accordance with the concept of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), where agriculture is one of the four key areas selected by the High Level Taskforce of GFCS.

Since Israel was successful with developing agriculture, despite the negative impact of its climate and water resources scarcity on its agricultural production, many of the methodologies developed during the years could be used also for mitigating the results of climate change and increasing the agricultural production.

This workshop will demonstrate advanced methodologies and techniques developed in order to compensate for the impact of unfavorable climate conditions on agricultural production. It will introduce Israel’s knowledge in various fields such as: (i) Irrigation and water management under changing climate conditions (ii) Implementation of agro-technologies for microclimate control, (iii) Cultivation of crops resistant to climate change (iv) User-Provider Interaction, etc.

The workshop’s curriculum will include a combination of classroom lectures, exercises, demonstrations, field trips and round-table discussions.

Aims

  1. To discuss the effects of climate change on different fields of agriculture and agricultural production.
  2. To demonstrate modern agrometeorological techniques and methods for mitigating the effects of climate change.

Content

See attached official announcement.

Application requirements

The advanced workshop is designed primarily for meteorological staff of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services engaged and interested in application of advanced agrometeorological methodologies and techniques in adapting and mitigating the possible effects of climate change. 

Application forms

The application form (MS Word format) is attached to this article. Completed application forms, including the medical form, should be sent to the contact details indicated under “Additional information” paragraph below, by 14 March 2017 (official deadline is 28 February, but extended for Eumetcal members, only).

Scholarships and visa

MASHAV awards a limited number of scholarships, including health insurance (see the details in the attached announcement). However most Eumetcal members, i.e. those who EU-members, are not eligible for such support provided by MASHAV: in such cases participants shall be sponsored by their own institutions. Non-EU countries are instead possibly eligible to scholarship (to be checked with RTC and MASHAV, see contact details below).

Worth mentioning that participants from most Eumetcal member countries  do not need visa to enter Israel.

Participation costs

The airfare cost should be covered by the participant, by his/her employer, or by the granting institution. The total cost of lodging at full board for single in a double room during the duration of the workshop, including tuition fees and field trips transportation will amount to app. 270$ per day (incl. insurance). Total for the whole period is app. 2970$.

Additional information

For further information and to application form, please contact the following email: rmtc@ims.gov.il; rtc.bet.dagan@gmail.com; gershteing@ims.gov.il

More details about the course and organisers available in the course Official Announcement.

 

Course Application Form English Version