Support to Institutionalising Capacity Building on Climate Change in India (I-CCC)
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
In order to pool knowledge, practical experiences and capacities on climate change, the Indian Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is planning to establish a National Institute on Climate Change Studies and Action (NICCSA). As a "think tank" for the Ministry, the institute shall improve cooperation between science, policies and practice. In preparing the setting up of the institute, the project supports the MoEFCC with studies and models for the "Institutionalisation of Capacities on Climate Change Studies and Action" (I-CCC). The future role of the institute will be distributed among various academic institutions and aggregated by an ICCC secretariat supported by the project. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is supporting the project as an international knowledge partner also for setting up an Indo-European Expert Group to advice on policy formulation in India.
State of implementation/results
- Various baseline studies and analyzes of Indian institutions and research institutions on climate change have been commissioned and activities to assess capacity needs for science, policy and practice have been launched. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) contributes analyzes and inputs from a German and European point of view.
- Based on the mapping study of climate change institutions in India, an Excel tool has been developed to provide a comprehensive overview of facilities dealing with NDC-related policy, science and practice issues. PIK has contributed relevant German and European climate protection institutions to help MoEFCC institutionalize capacity to implement NDC objectives and strengthen national and regional policies on climate change research, policy and action.
- At the request of the MoEFCC, the project is developing a tool to address gaps in Indian NDC implementation measures in the areas of (1) reducing emissions intensity; (2) renewable energies; (3) forestry; (4) adaptation and (5) to analyze and identify sustainable lifestyles.
- For the purpose of improved knowledge management, the conceptual framework for the establishment of a publicly accessible knowledge platform has been developed. The Climate Change web portal aims to provide information on climate science, mitigation activities and funding instruments, thus fostering the exchange of knowledge between public institutions, private sector stakeholders, civil society organizations and the general public.
- At the same time, the project, in cooperation with the India component of the BMU project "Global Carbon Market", is supporting the MoEFCC in the conceptualization and development of a GHG footprint app for mobile phones.
- The framework for setting up an Indian-European Expert Group on Climate Science and Policy Advice was developed. The aim of the expert group will be to advise on the process of policy formulation in India in order to strengthen networking between climate science, policy and practice actors.
- The MoEFCC wants to set up a "Special Ministries Advisory Service on Adaptation Measures for Climate Resilient Infrastructures". A study outlines options for the structure and content of the counseling service, involving the federal states.
- In addition, a feasibility study on "Institutional Mechanisms for Cooperation and Knowledge Exchange between Climate Change Institutions at Federal and State Level" is planned. Networking should enable institutions to share knowledge and experience and to learn from each other in implementing state-level climate action.