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IMPACT Project

As of: May 2021

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: climateanalytics.org/…
  • 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 is 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: ndcpartnership.org/…
  • 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.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regional workshops planned for the first half of 2020 had to be postponed and delivered as virtual events. In the Pacific, a post-COP25 analysis workshop was co-organised with the PACRES project in June. Further remote workshops are planned in the 4th quarter of 2020 focusing on LDC’s access to climate finance and on transformational adaptation for SIDS in the Caribbean.
  • 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: www.ipcc.ch/…), while in West Africa the focus was on the report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL: www.ipcc.ch/…).
  • During the New York Climate Week 2020 the IMPACT team organised two virtual events: 'The long and short of it: Interlinkages between NDCs and Mid-century decarbonisation strategies' focused on interlinkages between governments’ climate plans and mid-century decarbonisation strategies, and 'Climate action: If not now, then when?' on the state of play of climate action in 2020.
  • 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: climateanalytics.org/…
  • Detailed information on workshops, meetings, webinars, and other events that the IMPACT project supports can be found here: climateanalytics.org/… and here: climateanalytics.org/…

Project data

Country:
worldwide

Implementing organisation:
Climate Analytics gGmbH

Political partner(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)

Implementing partner(s):
  • 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 €

Duration:
10/2016  till  01/2022


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