This week from 21 to 25 May, an international summer school with over 40 participants from around the world was held in Sofia under the IMPRESSIONS project.

During the one-week training, in which Georgi Stefanov from WWF Bulgaria also took participation, PhD students and scientists from leading world universities were trained by their leading European colleagues in the process of developing long-term visions and roadmaps, as well as models for different climate scenarios by 2100. Participants had to take into account all possible models for this period, as well as socio-economic, energy, environmental, and other aspects.

The main purpose of the summer school was to combine theory with practical working methods for long-term planning, and to bring together the efforts of adherents in this important area, namely, developing visions and roadmaps to tackle climate change. Part of the participants’ tasks were related to practical data and models for Bulgaria.

During the first day of the training, Georgi Stefanov made a presentation on climate change in Bulgaria and introduced the participants to the CEESEN network. He also outlined the objectives of Panel 2050, which has similar activities, namely long-term planning by 2050, but is much more practical than scientific and theoretical. The results of the two projects may present to the target groups different perspectives when considering all possible problems and solutions.