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Enhancing Climate Services for Infrastructure Investments (CSI)

As of: January 2022

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

  • The partner countries of the CSI project are faced with the challenge of drafting political and legal framework conditions for climate change adaptation and of implementing suitable measures.
  • The CSI project therefore advises both, political decision-makers and those responsible for implementation.
  • On the basis of specifically created climate information, a total of eight climate risk assessments were carried out in the partner countries (as of 2021). This includes, among others, an existing bridge in Costa Rica and a planned flood barrier in the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam whilst in the region of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), a planned irrigation and hydropower project served as a case giver for the creation of a “Climate Proofing” guideline. In Brazil, the climate risk assessments of two power supply networks and a container terminal in the port of Itajai were also completed.
  • The partners will now be given further advice on how use these methodological approaches for public and private infrastructure projects at a wider scale. The legal basis has already been created in Costa Rica by a decree of the state president and in Vietnam by the adapted environmental legislation. In Brazil, on the other hand, budget funds are increasingly being invested in the analysis of existing properties in all transport areas.
  • In addition, the project advises on the use of digitization potential to improve climate services.

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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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