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As of: December 2020

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are highly affected by climate change impacts, but they often have limited capacities to formulate science-based implementation strategies, access financial resources and fully represent their interests in international negotiations. The project builds up sustainable resources and competencies in several areas of activity in the partner regions, promoting skills for the development and implementation of science-based strategies for adapting to climate change impacts and emission reductions. It also improves access to international climate finance and supports structures for establishing an effective climate finance architecture. In addition, the project supports the partner regions in representing their regional interests during international negotiations and in implementing the Paris Agreement.

State of implementation/results

  • IMPACT is working with a country support request mechanism in order to react and respond to direct inquiries and needs of countries in the target regions. For example, through the mechanism the project supported Belize in developing a national climate action plan and several Pacific countries received support in drafting applications for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). More information can be found here:…
  • The projects associated regional scientists, who are permanently on site in the three target regions, support the establishment and strengthening of scientific networks and capacities in and between the regions. In addition, the regional scientists are the central contact points for the country request mechanism and support the implementation of concrete projects on the ground.
  • To complement the country support request mechanism and support the enhancement of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in 2020, Climate Analytics joined the NDC-Partnership in late 2019 as an Associate Member. Through the NDC-P’s newly launched Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) initiative, IMPACT will be supporting the initiative’s aim to fast-track support to member countries, in order to increase ambition and implement NDCs. Climate Analytics responded to multiple country requests and was selected by five countries in target regions, to support the enhancement of their NDCs within 2020. More information on the CAEP initiative can be found here:…
  • IMPACT implementation partners organise events to present state-of-the-art science and hands-on tools to government officials, scientists, negotiators and Ministers from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Group. The aim of the events is for countries to make better use of the findings and tools for national and regional strategy and project developments, as well as to be in a better position to support their interests with scientific justification in international negotiations and other relevant fora.
  • In 2020, the implementation partners will organise regional workshops focusing on LDC’s access to climate finance and on transformational adaptation for SIDS.
  • In 2019, the project focused on the approved Special Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In the Caribbean and the Pacific regions, IMPACT associates and stakeholders analyzed the main points of the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere (SROCC:…), while in West Africa the focus was on the report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL:…).
  • The United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Climate Action Summit and the parallel Climate Week in New York in September 2019 were an important milestone on the way to internationally ambitious climate action. IMPACT organised two events there on 25 and 26 September: „The race to zero emissions: How countries can improve their climate pledges and close the gap to 1.5°C“ focused on ambitious emission reduction targets, and „From the smallest islands to the highest peaks – oceans, ice and climate change“ centered on the SROCC.
  • In addition, IMPACT provides scientific and technical support for representatives of SIDS and LDCs in key climate-related negotiations (e.g. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conferences, IPCC Plenaries, GCF Board Meetings).
  • Current project developments are regularly published on the IMPACT website:…
  • Detailed information on workshops, meetings, webinars, and other events that the IMPACT project supports can be found here:… and here:…

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Climate Analytics gGmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)
  • Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  • West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL)
  • Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
  • Charles & Associates, Inc. (CAA Inc.)
  • Climate Analytics Lomé
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung e.V. - PIK) - Germany
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) - Samoa

BMU grant:
13.783.380,00 €

10/2016  till  01/2022


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