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Supporting the institutionalisation and practical implementation of climate research capacities

As of: January 2022

The Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is planning to establish a National Institute for Climate Change Studies and Action (NICCSA) to improve climate change cooperation between science, policies and actual practice. In the run-up to the founding of the institute, the project will support the MoEFCC in institutionalising and practically implementing climate research knowledge and competencies. Its future tasks will be distributed among various academic institutions (where required) and coordinated by an ICCC Secretariat (Institutionalisation of Capacities on Climate Change Studies and Action) which is supported by the project. The project succeeded in teaming up with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) as an international knowledge partner, which will conduct together with Indian academic institutions studies on current issues of climate science and policy in India.

State of implementation/results

  • In particular, the project is currently developing measures to support capacity development for members of the government-appointed high-level Apex Committee for Implementing Paris Agreement (AIPA) to steer all climate change-related activities. A capacity needs assessment is being conducted.
  • At the same time, the project is developing e-learning modules for AIPA members to improve their understanding and skills to perform their tasks.
  • Based on studies conducted on behalf of the project by reputed Indian institutes, communication products are now being developed. They will inform citizens about the following issues:
    • Water-energy-food nexus - synergies and trade-offs
    • Carbon footprint in changing Indian household lifestyles
    • Can peri-urban agriculture help feed Indian cities?
    • Climate resilient infrastructure
    • Energy-environment-economy: implications of traffic relocation for achieving NDC targets in India
  • Discussion sessions on the five studies are being planned for policy makers and academic institutes.
  • A baseline paper on climate justice and youth is being prepared for the MoEFCC.
  • A study on the feasibility of green hydrogen fuel and its applications in the Indian scenario has been commissioned.
  • A study on the impact of climate change on female farmers has been commissioned.
  • Regional trainings on the economics of climate change are being organised.
  • At the state and national level, 112 officials have been trained in climate science modelling and vulnerability risk assessment. This is part of a series of five regional online trainings led by experts from reputed Indian institutes.
  • An analysis of existing vulnerability and risk assessment (VRA) methodologies and tools is underway.
  • In close cooperation with MoEFCC, the project has developed a knowledge portal on climate change with a focus on Indian activities (

Project data


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

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India

Implementing partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung e.V. - PIK) - Germany

BMU grant:
4.000.000,00 €

01/2016  till  01/2023

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