Adapting agriculture to climate change necessitates a deeper understanding of ecosystem processes at a landscape scale
due to various interactions, synergies, and side-effects.

While individual elements like forest trees, hedges, and agro-forestry are part of the solution, outdated forest policies hinder progress. A shift is needed from the traditional approach that separates forestry from cropland, embracing a more integrated perspective. Forestry, too, must adapt to climate change, considering tree species composition, crop rotations, and prescribed interventions. Forest inventory data can guide the migration of tree species to abandoned lands, fostering new environments. Collaboration between forestry and agriculture specialists is crucial for smart climate adaptation, encompassing aspects like water management, wildfire prevention, logistics, and wood availability for rural settlements.

The SA2CC project arises in this context, alligned with the “Climate Action” SDG, which “aims to addressing the global and urgent challenge of climate change, notably by making sure that all countries of the world: (a) strengthen their resilience and adaptation to climate change, with extra attention to the small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs), as well as the communities most vulnerable to and affected by climate change (b) mainstream climate change in global and national policies, strategies, and planning to ensure coherent, efficient, and quick actions and (c) raise awareness and educate people about the climate challenge and actions to take”.

Target groups

Therefore, the target groups of the project are:

Higher Education Institutions with courses related to Agriculture, Forestry and Climate

As they will benefit from updated curricula which include advanced contents on addressing climate change and approaches to adaptation and mitigation.

Academic staff

Such as
and students,
who will not
only gain
knowledge and

Agricultural organizations

Which will be better prepared to develop specific types of agricultural products,
taking into account
climatic features
in their area.

HEIs from Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia

Which will receive training
in digital skills for teaching
and will benefit from
new software and relevant equipment.

Based on the above-mentioned remarks, the project’s general objectives are as follows:

Tackle Climate Change (CC) in the sectors of Agriculture, small Livestock production and Forestry through the development of competent and well qualified scientists;

Identify strengths and weaknesses in existing courses, as well as specific knowledge and skills in teaching subjects on CC;

Review and update existing curricula to incorporate climate change into courses and curricula;

Promote education as a means to address climate change;

Increase of food production/quality by mitigating the climate change consequences;

Develop research-based resource packs and training workshops to help HEIs to integrate more detailed learning of Climate Change science through case studies, vulnerability and risk assessments, and the implementation of adaptation strategies into curricula and work programs;

Involve young faculty and graduate students in the research process on climate change in the Baikal region;

Create opportunities for course developers to exchange experiences and ideas to help develop new courses and teaching strategies in their respective disciplines.