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SDC Climate Change & Environment (CC&E) Network

The Climate Change & Environment Network (CC&E Network) is hosted by the Global Programme Climate Change and Environment (GPCCE) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

It provides a knowledge exchange platform for development practitioners, organizations and SDC staff and partners working in and around climate change and environment issues. About 300 professionals with different backgrounds including governmental organizations, NGOs, multilateral organizations, companies, consulting firms, research and science institutions are currently part of the network.

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The CC&E Network’s main objective is to promote the integration of environment and climate change mitigation and adaptation into policies, strategies, programmes and projects of development cooperation. The network also capitalizes on achievements and operational experiences, thus promoting knowledge sharing and learning among CC&E professionals. It thrives at contributing to climate and environment smart development cooperation at large.

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Climate Resilient Development in Forests and Agriculture

Forests and agriculture are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, disasters and land degradation. However, they are also key to addressing them. Properly managed, forests and agriculture can support climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts across scales whilst also increasing biodiversity. The SDC is supporting the development of climate resilient agriculture and food systems and innovative approaches such as social forestry that improve the livelihoods of communities, prevent deforestation and restore forest ecosystems – which are essential carbon sinks.

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A Knowledge Tree for decision making for effective, efficient and equitable social forestry

The Knowledge Tree is an online platform providing a rich source of information about and guidance on implementing efficient, equitable and effective social forestry practices in Southeast Asia.

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ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC)

This article summarises the ASFCC programme that has developed and integrated social forestry approaches into the climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies of ASEAN and the member states.

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Learning Journey: Climate Resilient Agriculture and Food Systems

This article summarises a learning journey that engaged participants from diverse topical backgrounds in a series of discussions and (recorded) webinars on climate resilient agriculture.

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Understanding past and future impacts of climate change in agriculture: implications for adaptation planning

This report looks at the past and future impacts of climate change in agriculture in China and the resulting implications for adaptation planning.

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Climate Resilient Mountain Development and Water Challenges

Mountain regions provide a multitude of ecosystem services. However, mountain ecosystems are also fragile and vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, including melting glaciers that threaten downstream water security. Deforestation and forest degradation, land use change, land degradation, disasters, poor watershed management and the marginalisation of mountain communities also have a major impact on these ecosystems, their associated water resources and the people that rely on them. The SDC is active in mountain regions and watersheds across the world, and seeks to promote water security and create better living conditions and decent incomes for mountain communities. The SDC also funds the Climate Change Adaptation in Mountains network on weADAPT, as part of the Adaptation at Altitude (AaA) programme.

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Leaving no one in mountains behind - Localizing the SDGs for resilience of mountain people and ecosystems

This issue brief presents initial steps towards localization of the 2030 Agenda to mountain areas.

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A first National Inventory of Future Glacier Lakes: implications for water and risk management in Peru

The following article presents the construction and usefulness of a first National Inventory of Future Glacier Lakes in the Peruvian Andes for new pathways of water and risk management.

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Climate Vulnerability Assessment for the Indian Himalayan Region using a common framework

This article explains a first-of-its kind mapping and capacity building initiative on climate vulnerability and risk assessment for the Indian Himalayan Region using a common framework

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Managing disaster risks and water under climate change in Central Asia and Caucasus

This publication presents the conclusions emerging from a joint learning journey involving three thematic networks – Climate Change and Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Water.

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Risks and options from new lakes in the Andes of Peru: implications for future water management

This study has been conducted in the framework of the SDC’s ‘Glacier Project+’ highlighting both potential risks and options from shrinking glaciers and growing lakes in the Southern Andes of Peru.

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Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment for the Indian Himalayan Region

This manual provides a common framework for climate vulnerability and risk assessment, a methodology for its application and guidelines for mainstreaming adaptation planning in development plans.

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Safer lives and livelihoods in mountains: Making the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction work for sustainable mountain development

This publication highlights 15 cases of good practice in development and applied research from mountain regions, and illustrates how the Sendai Framework’s four priorities can be put into practice. 

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Ecosystem based Adaptation: An integrated response to climate change in the Indian Himalayan Region

This brief emphasizes the need to adopt an EbA approach in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) to enhance the climate resilience of communities dependent on natural resources.

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Mountain and lowland linkages: A Climate Change perspective in the Himalayas

This science brief highlights the linkages between upland and lowland areas with respect to specific themes in mountain ecosystems. 

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Flood risk and Early Warning Systems in the Indian Himalayan Region

This science brief provides an example of an integrated adaptation response involving long term monitoring and an Early Warning System (EWS) in the Indian Himalayan Region.

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Assessing climate vulnerability and risk in the Indian Himalayan region

This science brief provides a general guidance on conducting a climate risk assessment in the Indian Himalayan Region.

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Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme

The Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme works to strengthen climate science (especially glaciology and related areas) and capacities for climate change adaptation planning. 

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PACC Peru Climate Change Adaptation Programme: Strengthening actions, scaling up responses

This article describes the key findings of PACC PERU, an initiative of the Peruvian Ministry of Environment (MINAM) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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Publications and Other Resources on Sustainable Mountain Development

This page brings together all the key publications (multiple languages) on Sustainable Mountain Development produced and/or funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and partners.

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Jinsha River Basin: Integrated Water Resources and Risk Management under Changing Climate

This Sino-Swiss project aims to improve integrated water resources management, build capacity for climate change adaptation, and thereby enhance socio-economic development in the Jinsha River Basin.

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Yachaykusun: Lessons on climate change from the Andes (Apurimac region)

This online book ​details the innovative responses of rural populations to climate change in the Andean highlands. To read the full text please go to the article page here.

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Yachaykusun: Lessons on climate change from the Andes (Cusco region)

This online book ​details the innovative responses of rural populations to climate change in the Andean highlands. To read the full text please go to the article page here.

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Yachaykusun: Lessons on climate change from the Andes

This online book ​details the innovative responses of rural populations to climate change in the Andean highlands, aided by the implementation of resilience building practices by PACC Peru.
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Integrated Water Management in Nicaragua: Rethinking Best Practice

This article summarizes the conclusions of a meeting on integrated watershed management in Nicaragua, with a particular focus on climate change, insurance schemes and best practice.

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Climate change adaptation in China: monitoring and early warning of glacial lake outburst floods in the area of Yarkant River

Average temperature in China has increased more than the global average. The melting ice from receding glaciers is heightening the risk of Glacier Lake Outburst Flood. 

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Managing water as China warms: New insights from regional models

This Adapting to Climate Change in China research policy project shows how the latest climate modelling can be linked with impact assessment and decision-making across the water sector.

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Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Urban Development

To avoid the worst impacts of climate change and to strengthen urban resilience, development activities need to follow low carbon and climate resilient pathways, promoting, for example, energy efficiency. This is especially the case in fast-growing cities across the world, where already vulnerable populations are also impacted by air pollution and poor building quality. The SDC is engaged in the development of diverse technologies, solutions and initiatives aimed at promoting healthy environments and resilient livelihoods, in particular amongst poorer urban communities.

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Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project

The Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project is a bilateral cooperation project aimed at mainstreaming energy-efficient and thermally comfortable building design in India.

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Climate Change & Environment Nexus Brief: Mini-grids

This nexus brief focuses on rural electrification through mini-grids and their importance for the nexus of sustainable development, poverty alleviation, and climate change. 

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Webinar: Cities, climate change and corruption – issues, dynamics, strategies

Corruption has the potential to disrupt urban development and responses to climate change. This webinar unpacks the relationship between these issues and discusses possible policy responses.

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Webinar: Identifying differentiated needs for resilience planning in urban poor communities

This webinar looked at key results from the application of the Urban Community Resilience Assessment tool and discuss how it can better capture differentiated needs to inform resilience planning.

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Webinar: Urban Health Initiative – engaging the health sector to realize climate and health benefits

This webinar introduces the Urban Health Initiative, which aims to reduce deaths and diseases associated with short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) and other air pollutants at the city level.

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Webinar: CapaCITIES - Accelerating Climate Resilient Development in Cities

This webinar focuses on the SDC funded CapaCITIES project in India, which is advancing climate action planning to accelerate transformation of cities to low carbon, climate resilient cities.

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Brick Kilns in Nepal: Building Back Better After the 2015 Earthquake

After the earthquake of 2015 ninety-five percent of brick kilns, a major source of air pollution, in Kathmandu needed repair. This article describes how these kilns were 'built back better'.

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Enhancing economic benefits and resilience through pyrolysis based coffee drying

Pyrolysis technolgy offers significant economic beneftis to farmers and processors by providing energy that can be used for drying, and biochar, a natural fertilizer and soil enhancer.

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Nexus Climate Change and Other Development Issues

Climate change around the world is creating new challenges for those involved in international development, since poor countries and population groups are much harder hit than prosperous ones. Climate change hampers development and jeopardises the progress that has already been achieved. It is also a hugely complex issue, with far reaching, integrated and often cascading consequences. The SDC is strongly engaged in addressing the nexus issues associated with climate change, including on food, energy, migration, conflict, disasters, infrastructure development and health.

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SDC Climate change foresight analysis: Global and regional risks and hotspots

This foresight report provides information about short- and medium-term climate-related risks and analyses these risks with regard to water, food, health and regional stability.

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The Climate-Cryosphere-Water Nexus in Central Asia

This nexus brief explores the interactions between changes in the cryosphere due to climate change and the consequences for water resources and hazard management in Central Asia.

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Shaping the water–energy–food nexus for resilient mountain livelihoods

This brief presents a participatory process for assessing the status of water–energy–food systems in mountains, identifying governance and technical options and exploring alternative scenarios.

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Migration and Sustainable Mountain Development - Turning Challenges into Opportunities

This publication seeks to provide insights into the complex migration processes and the resulting opportunities and challenges for mountain communities and regions.

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Climate Change & Environment Nexus Brief: Fragility and Conflict

This brief looks at the nexus of environment, climate change, fragility and conflict and their complex interlinkages, and focuses on conflicts related to declining natural resources.

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Webinar: Greening infrastructures on the New Silk Road

This webinar focuses on the importance of adopting sustainable infrastructure along the New Silk Road and highlights the linkage between infrastructure, the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.

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Webinar: Meeting the global challenge of adaptation by addressing transboundary climate risk

This webinar focuses on the importance to adopt a transboundary view of climate risk, which explicitly recognizes the interconnections between people, ecosystems and economies in a globalized world.

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Climate Change & Environment Nexus Brief: Health

This brief looks at the complex interaction between climate change and human health. It discusses policy responses in a development context and identifies relevant environmental determinants.

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Webinar: How to make poor people less vulnerable to (climate change related) natural disasters

In this webinar Stephane Hallegatte explores the link between extreme weather and extreme poverty that underscores the urgency for policies that better protect the world’s most vulnerable.

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Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development

This book documents emerging and innovative evaluation knowledge and practice for climate change and its links to sustainable development.

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Climate Change & Environment Nexus Brief: The El Niño Phenomenon and Related Impacts

This brief focuses on El Niño–Southern Oscillation phenomenon and the 2015/2016 El Niño event in particular, the environmental and societal impacts and effects of which will extend well into 2017.

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Climate Change & Environment Nexus Brief: Migration

This brief focuses on the climate change, environment and migration nexus and synthesizes the main findings on this subject to date, both in general and with a focus on North Africa.

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Migration, development and climate change in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia

This paper looks at the current state of migration in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, the risks, opportunities and strategies migration offers, and its nexus with development and climate change.

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Floods in Guelmim, Morocco in March 2013 (Credit: jbdodane; https://www.flickr.com/photos/jbdodane/).
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The climate change, migration and economic development nexus in North Africa: An overview

This article addresses the climate change and migration nexus from the perspective of disaster risks and employment, and focuses on Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.

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Climate change and its impact on population health in Southern China: Implications for adaptation policy

This research on climate change and health conducted in Guangdong province indicates that extreme climate events increase the risk of mortality and infectious diseases.

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Climate Services and Tools

To plan for and adapt to the impacts of climate change requires high quality data, information and knowledge on what climatic changes will occur, where and when these are likely to occur, and how they will impact the local environment, society and economy. The SDC is actively involved in the provision of climate services, tools, training and platforms that support communities, students, researchers, practitioners, government planners and policy-makers to increase their capacity and make informed decisions.

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Applying the IPCC 2014 framework for hazard-specific vulnerability assessment under climate change

This paper compares the framework of the IPCC AR4 (2007) to that outlined in IPCC AR5 (2014) and describes how the AR5 framework provides a more contextualised and operationalisable approach.

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Glaciology Curriculum

The Glaciology Curriculum provides access to 19 modules covering various aspects of glaciology, including the impacts of changing climate on glacier behavior and glacier hazards.

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Educomunicación del tiempo meteorológico y el clima en los Andes

Este blog es de Marlene Dapozzo Moali, quien colabora con el proyecto Climandes.

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Walk the extra mile: How to make climate services more inclusive?

This publication outlines the Climandes project approach to systematically integrate small-scale farmers in the Andean highlands into the design and delivery of climate services. 

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Climandes: user-tailored climate services for the Andean region

MeteoSwiss and SENAMHI Peru join forces in the Climandes project for climate-smart agriculture to promote food security and poverty reduction.

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Searching for the optimal drought index and timescale combination to detect drought: a case study from the lower Jinsha River basin, China

This study proposes an innovative approach for a catchment-wide drought detection. Two drought indicators have been defined and calibrated with real events, and applied to a study case in China.

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Sustainable development publications, tools and approaches

This page brings together key knowledge resources that have been produced by SDC and/or its partners, and which may be of interest to sustainable development practitioners.

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Building capacity through the UN CC:Learn platform

The UN CC: Learn platform, funded by the Swiss Government and UN partners, offers free climate change-relevant learning resources that are backed by the UN system.

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Climate, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction Integration Guidance (CEDRIG)

CEDRIG is a practical and user friendly tool developed to systematically integrate climate, environment and disaster risk reduction into development and humanitarian aid.

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Policy-ready projections: making climate models more useful to planners

This ACCC report looks at how climate models and climate model outputs can be made more useful to planners.

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User-friendly climate science: communicating data for decision-making

This report looks at communicating data for decision-making in China.

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