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Enhancing Climate Services for Infrastructure Investments (CSI)

As of: September 2021

To supply their growing populations with energy and water, and to design sustainable transport systems, developing and emerging countries now have an increasing need for extensive physical infrastructure. All too often, however, climate risks and their associated costs fail to be addressed at the planning stage of such infrastructure projects. The CSI project is therefore advising government agencies and decision-makers in partner countries on the integration of climate services (targeted climate information and risk assessments) into investment planning. This aims to identify climate risks and create a set of sustainable adaptation options with viable funding strategies. The project is working to improve climate data and the evaluation of digital applications to create a market for climate services, while assessing climate risks (for bridges, barrages, power grids, and others) and preparing guidelines that aim to integrate climate risk assessments into investment planning at national level.

State of implementation/results

  • Project in implementation
  • Advice on how to improve the value chain in order to apply climate information to the use of climate risk assessments. The existing range and use of climate information was surveyed. The introduction of a digital application (ClinfoMATE) to create a market for climate services is currently being tested with partners.
  • Implementation of pilot climate risk assessments involving various national, local and private actors. Among others, an existing bridge in Costa Rica, a planned flood barrier in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam as well as a container terminal of a port and a power supply network of high-voltage lines for renewable energies in Brazil were evaluated.
  • In 2018 experiences were discussed at the Bonn Climate Change Conference and Katowice Climate Change Conference with partners from Costa Rica, Vietnam, the DWD and the WFEO.
  • 6/2019: official GIZ side event and CSI-WMO side event at SB50 in Bonn
  • 2019: Practical results of the risk analyzes can already be used partially for concrete adaptation planning. In addition, the CSI project partners (policy makers) have been advised in 2019 regarding the preparation of guidance documents and guidelines on how climate information and risk assessments can be integrated into investment planning processes, e.g. via mainstreaming into environmental impact assessments at national level. At the same time, training measures were implemented to permanently improve implementation and application capacities.

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Project data

Brazil, Burundi, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Viet Nam

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment - Brazil
  • Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Costa Rica
  • Ministry of Planning and Investment - Viet Nam
  • Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)

Implementing partner(s):
  • Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)
  • Engineers Canada
  • Ministry of Environment - Brazil
  • National Institute for Space Research (INPE) - Brazil
  • Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)
  • World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO)

BMU grant:
7.100.000,00 €

03/2017  till  03/2022



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