Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In operating with other federal offices concerned, SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.

The goal of development cooperation is that of reducing poverty. It is meant to foster economic self-reliance and state autonomy, to contribute to the improvement of production conditions, to help in finding solutions to environmental problems, and to provide better access to education and basic healthcare services.  

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Adaptation in Mountains

Mountains are highly vulnerable to climate change. They also provide numerous essential services. This theme explores how mountains and mountain communities can be made more resilient.

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SDC Climate Change & Environment Network

The CC&E Network provides a knowledge exchange platform for development practitioners, organizations and SDC staff and partners working in and around climate change and environment issues

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Climate Change Management Support in Peru

Discover how GestionCC has supported the national Government of Peru as well as its regional governments in the context of their climate change policy and NDC commitments.

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The SDC's Engagement for Clean Air for All

The SDC supports partners around the world in tackling climate change and in improving air quality while reducing poverty, improving health and protecting the environment.

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Mountains ADAPT: Solutions from the South Caucasus

The Mountains ADAPT: Solutions from the South Caucasus booklet showcases adaptation solutions proven to be successful in response to specific issues caused, or accelerated by, climate change that negatively affect mountain communities’ livelihoods and ecosystems. The publication covers Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.

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Air Quality Management Plan for the city of Cucuta, Colombia

Air Quality Management Plan for the city of Cucuta, Colombia

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Climate Change & Environment Nexus Brief: Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

This nexus brief explores key challenges and issues related to biodiversity and the intrinsic linkages between ecosystems and sustainable development. 

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Policy Dialogue for Managing Groundwater Overpumping in the North China Plain

This policy brief series informs dialogue between scientists and policy makers working on groundwater resources, sustainable agriculture and climate change.

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