Support to Institutionalising Capacity Building on Climate Change in Indie (I-CCC)
As of: May 2019
Objective and activities
The Indian government decided to establish the National Institute for Climate Change Studies and Actions (NICCSA) in order to underpin its climate policy scientifically and to strengthen the foundation for policy-making. In the future, NICCSA will be connected to the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). The goal of the project is to support both MoEFCC and NICCSA employees up to the institute’s formal establishment through extensive capacity development measures. Moreover, linkages to national and international research institutes will be supported to establish NICCSA as the central coordinating point for climate science in India. In addition, there are plans to develop a knowledge platform in order to make climate-related knowledge available to the public.
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 is under development. 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.