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IMPACT

As of: December 2019

Objective and activities

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are highly affected by climate change impacts, but often have limited capacities to formulate science-based implementation strategies, to access financial resources and to fully represent their interests in negotiations. The project aims to sustainably enhance capacities through several areas of activities. This includes capacity building for developing and implementing science-based adaptation and mitigation strategies. Further, it aims to improve access to climate finance in partner countries and to shape a 1.5°C compatible climate finance architecture. IMPACT supports the partner regions in representing their regions' interests in international negotiations and to implement the Paris Agreement.

State of implementation/results

  • In order to react and respond to direct inquiries and needs of countries in the target regions, IMPACT is working with a country support request mechanism. 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 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.

  • 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 the last months, for example, the project focused on the recently approved Special Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): In the Caribbean and the Pacific regions, the main points of the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere (SROCC: www.ipcc.ch/…) were analysed together, while in West Africa the focus was on the report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL: www.ipcc.ch/…).

  • 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“ treated 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).

Project data

Implementing organisation:
Climate Analytics gGmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC)
  • Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
  • Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

BMU grant:
€ 11,786,062

Duration:
10/2016 till 12/2020

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