Partnerships: Climate change

Last changed: 29 April 2021

Climate change fundamentally impacts all parts of society and adaptation needs to be at the core of development.

SLU will further increase its efforts towards context specific solutions for increased resilience and adaptation as well as mitigation. Major challenges include transforming agriculture and food systems into resilient systems with low emissions, and balancing forestry’s role to store carbon and provide biomaterials with biodiversity conservation and resilience of local communities.

Below you can explore examples of SLU's partnerships and research linked to climate change.



AIM for climate

SLU Global is a knowledge partner in the initiative Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate - AIM for Climate. AIM for Climate was launched during COP 25 in Glasgow 2021 and is a joint initiative by the Unites States and the United Arab Emirate.

Ethiopia's forest sector

SLU is together with the Swedish Forest Agency and Eco Innovation Foundation supporting Ethiopia’s efforts to capacitate its forest sector. The Swedish team is lead by researchers from SLU.

Drylands transform

Drylands Transform is the new interdisciplinary research project starting up in the border region between Uganda and Kenya. The research team –coordinated by SLU – wants to modify the ongoing negative spiral of land, livestock and livelihood degradation into a positive transformation. The project aims to contribute to several of the United Nations global sustainable development goals.


The Locally Controlled Forest Restoration programme is a capacity development programme led by the Swedish Forest Agency. LoCoFoRest focuses on one critical question: How can we scale up restoration of forest landscapes while securing the prosperity of local communities and maintaining and improving ecosystem services?

Reforest Africa

A Regional Research School in Forest Sciences (REFOREST) is a new, innovative, interdisciplinary and unique regional PhD degree programme for training future generation forest scientists in Africa. The programme is hosted at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and is anchored in partnerships where universities in the region in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) support PhD training in forest sciences.

Strengthened Institutions for a Sustainable Climate

The programme aims to tackle challenges posed by climate change, sustainable urbanisation, growing emissions and explore viable adaptation potentials. Starting in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe, the programme aims to spread to other countries/regions and strive towards long term cooperation between the partner countries and Swedish authorities.


Triple L is a multidisciplinary research initiative taking its base in the land-use and livelihood transformations that has taken place in West Pokot and surrounding dryland areas during the last three decades

Bilateral programmes for capacity development




SLU has a long-standing relation with many partners in low-income countries and is active in many other countries which are not mentioned on this page.

Networks and other fora

Agroforestry network



SLU research by SDG

Climate change is linked to several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here are examples of SLU projects contributing to specific SDG targets within the area:,13.313.a13.b,

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