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As of: November 2018

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

The group of small island developing states (SIDS) and the least developed countries (LDCs) are strongly affected by climate change but have limited capacity to formulate science-based implementation strategies to benefit from climate finance and defend their interests in international negotiations. The central aim of the project is therefore the sustainable capacity building in several dimensions in the partner regions. On the one hand, this concerns skills for the development and implementation of science-based adaptation and mitigation strategies, access to climate finance in partner countries, and the creation of a 1.5 degree compatible climate finance architecture. IMPACT also supports the partner regions in representing their regional interests in international negotiations and implementing the Paris Agreement. - Current project developments are regularly published on the IMPACT website and can be followed via a newsletter and blog entries. In addition, instruments and publications developed by IMPACT can be viewed on the website. In October 2018, a special issue was published in the Regional Environment Change Journal on Small Island Developing Countries and the 1.5 ° C Goal (Thomas, A., Schleussner, CF & Kumar, M. Reg Environ Change (2018), /10.1007/s10113-018-1430-7).

  • IMPACT organized events during the New York Climate Week on the latest science and ambition levels (… -hows-of-1-5c /), ministerial-level regional meetings, and LDC strategy meetings. In addition, representatives of SIDS and LDCs are supported in key climate negotiations (eg UNFCCC SB 48, 48th IPCC plenary session).

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Climate Analytics

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

BMU grant:
€ 9,799,999

10/2016 till 09/2019


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