Afghanistan-uka 2015 er et samarbeid mellom Afghanistankomiteen, Chr. Michelsens institutt (CMI) og Institutt for fredsforskning (PRIO). I tillegg bidrar en lang rekke andre organisasjoner til programmet. Sentrale afghanske og internasjonale eksperter og aktører kommer til Norge for å stå bak talerstoler og delta i debatter. Afghanistankomiteen er initiativtaker og koordinator for uka som blir gjennomført med støtte fra Fritt Ord og Norad. De fleste av arrangementene vil foregå hos Røde Kors i Hausmanns gate 7 i Oslo. 

The Afghanistan Week 2015 is a cooperation between the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee, the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), along with a host of Norwegian NGOs. Our aim is to bring Afghanistan to the top of the Norwegian agenda, bringing Afghan and international experts to Norway to inform and debate. Most events will take place at Hausmanns gate 7, hosted by The Norwegian Red Cross.

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Wednesday, March 25 • 14:00 - 16:00
Climate change and environmental challenges (Oslo)

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Registration: send email to afghanistanuka@gmail.com

Afghanistan is ranked as one of the world's most vulnerable countries to climate change, according to the UN. The Afghan population is already feeling the effect of climate change, both in form of unprecedented drought, rainfall and disaster induced displacement. This, in combination with poor management of natural resources, such as deforestation, overgrazing and other overuse of natural resources, and lack of disaster risk reduction has increased both the frequency and severity of natural disasters. 
Hundreds of rural Afghans have lost their lives in avalanches already this year, thousands people have fled from their destroyed homes and farmland devastated . This even before the landslide season has begun. 

What are the causes and consequences of natural disasters in Afghanistan today? What can be done to prevent them from happening? How can the population be more prepared? How can we help the Afghans to cope with effects of climate change and other environmental challenges? And how to help those who suffer after natural disasters?


  • Nina Birkeland, NRC: Should we stay or should we go. Climate change and displacement: facts, figures, programmes and policy options

  • Kelly Tessa, Red Cross: International Disaster Response Law (IDRL)

  • Taurisano Andrea, NVE: Living with landslides in Badakhshan

  • Behzad Bawar, NAC: Saving lives through community mobilization
  • Khadem Hussein Rahimi, NRC: Disaster Risk Reduction in housing and infrastructure in Afghanistan

Moderator: Gry Synnevåg
, Noragric, Department of Environment and Development Studies, NMBU, Ås 

Hosts: Norwegian Afghanistan Committee and Norwegian Refugee Counsil 

Registration: send email to afghanistanuka@gmail.com

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Gry Synnevåg

Senior researcher, Noragric, Dept. of International Environment and Development Studies, NMBU
Gry Synnevåg works at Noragric, Dept. of International Environment and Development Studies, at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in Ås. She has broad experience from teaching and research, as well as development, with a special focus on sustainable agriculture, natural... Read More →

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Taurisano Andrea

Senior engineer, Norwegian water resources and energy directorate (NVE)
Andrea Taurisano is an Italian geologist with 6 years of research experience within glaciology, snow physics and climate change and 13 years within geology with focus on landslide and avalanche hazard assessment. He works as senior engineer at the Norwegian water resources and energy... Read More →
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Behzad Bawar

National Program Coordinator for Rural Development and Manager for DRR Badakhshan, Norwegian Afghanistan Committee
Behzad Bawar has been working with the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC) since February 2011. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Balkh University. Behzad worked as a Sight Engineer for Mercy Corps in his home province of Takhar before joining the NAC. Behzad... Read More →
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Nina Birkeland

Senior adviser on disaster and climate changes, Norwegian Refugee Council
Nina M. Birkeland works for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) as senior adviser on disaters and climate change. She has more than 20 years of experience with research, advocacy and programmes related to displacement.
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Tessa Kelly

Coordinator for Asia Disaster Law Program at IFRC in Geneva, Red Cross
Tessa is an Australian lawyer (LL.B and LLM) specializing in legislation and legal issues in disaster risk management. In her current role,  she works at a global level in Geneva leading the International Federation of Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies’ work on law and disaster... Read More →
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Khadem Hussein Rahimi

Shelter Project Coordinator, Norwegian Refugee Council
Khadem Hussein Rahimi is the Shelter Project Coordinator for the Norwegian Refugee Council based in Herat Province, Afghanistan. He has got field based experiences in providing shelter assistance to Afghan Refugee Returnees and Internally Displaced Populations in the West Afghanistan... Read More →

Wednesday March 25, 2015 14:00 - 16:00 CET
Hausmanns gate 7 Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo

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