Supporting the institutionalisation and practical implementation of climate research capacities
As of: May 2020
Objective and activities
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 institutionalizing and practically implementing climate research knowledge and competencies. When the NICCSA has been established, 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 winning the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) as an international knowledge partner. The NICCSA will provide information on climate science and policy in India through regular publications and specialist events.
State of implementation/results
At the request of the MoEFCC, the project ordered a study to assess the capacity gaps in the Indian research scene related to climate change and the necessary capacities in politics and practice. The study focused on implementation of the Indian NDC (nationally determined contributions) in the areas of emissions reduction; renewable energies; forestry; adaptation and sustainable lifestyles. The framework for setting up an Indian-European Expert Group on Climate Science and Policy Advice was developed. The aim of the expert group is to strengthen networking between climate science, policy and practice actors and to advise on policy formulation in India. The Expert Group shall start its work in the summer of 2020. The MoEFCC wants to set up a "Ministries Advisory Service on Adaptation Measures for Climate Resilient Infrastructures". The project shows in a study options for the structure and content of the advisory service, involving the federal states. – On the basis of a feasibility study elaborated by the project, a regional pilot event for the introduction of institutional mechanisms for cooperation and knowledge exchange between climate change institutions at federal and state level was organized in Shimla in the state of Himachal Pradesh in February 2020. 115 political decision makers, scientists and experts from 6 states participated. Six interactive trainings to the following subjects were offered:
Other seminars for networking of the different climate change institutions will follow in other states. Several national and regional media reported about the pilot event.
- India’s role in global climate negotiations;
- Insight into climate science, reasons for climate change and climate models;
- Practical tools and methods to measure the vulnerability and consequences;
- Climate change in development politics and programs;
- Climate economy;
- Accounting of green-house gas emissions.