Supporting the institutionalisation and practical implementation of climate research capacities
As of: March 2021
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
- At the request of the Ministry, the project is working with MoEFCC to design a publicly accessible knowledge platform on climate change.
- The "Analysis Tool of Climate Change Institutions" maps 215 Indian and 40 international institutions.
- The study "Institutional Mechanisms for Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing" explores options for networking among all institutions at national and state levels: Climate Change Nodal Agencies; Climate Knowledge Centres; Centres of Excellence on Climate Change.
- The project is exploring options for direct collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, which is responsible for India's National Mission for Strategic Knowledge on Climate Change (NMSKCC). The DST is interested in collaborating with the MoEFCC and the MoEFCC, in turn, can use analyses from the DST to formulate evidence-based policies.
- The project has prepared an "Analysis to Assess the Capacity Needs of the Climate Change Division of the MoEFCC to Meet the Post-2020 Requirements of the Paris Agreement" on behalf of the Ministry.
- On behalf of the MoEFCC, the project analysed climate change institutions in China, South Africa, the UK, Germany, Brazil and Mexico to identify options for the proposed Indian National Institute on Climate Change.
- The development of a Green House Gas footprint App GREEN GOOD DEEDS was supported by the project. With this, MoEFCC aims to motivate citizens to record their carbon footprint and reduce it in their daily lives.
- Solid Waste - Appropriate Technologies Tool: The tool aims to support urban planners, policy makers, private sector representatives and NGOs for sustainable solutions for municipal solid waste management.
- An online seminar is planned with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) on the topic of "Challenges of climate change and transformation".
- The project plans online training for state-level officials on climate modelling and climate risk assessment.